By Mark Maske
The Washington Post
Super Bowl week is at hand and, as always, various rooting interests are in play as the country's biggest sporting event nears. But with the game set to be played for the first time on the supersized stage of the New York area in what could be the grandest and coldest Super Bowl ever, a significant number of onlookers are rooting for the host city.
Or at least they should be. Any hopes some might have of other cities with frosty winter weather and outdoor football stadiums — such as Washington — hosting future Super Bowls might rest on how things go in New York during the upcoming week.
"Washington, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore are all asking, 'Is this something we can do?' " Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy said in recently. "You'd be amazed how many fans and how many [Packers] shareholders here have asked the same thing."
Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has expressed interest in bringing a Super Bowl to the Washington area. On the day the owners voted in May 2010 at a meeting in Irving, Texas., to award this Super Bowl to the New York area, Snyder said: "I think Washington should get one, no matter what. It is the nation's capital."
Redskins officials declined to comment on the issue in recent days, saying only that the team supported the combined Super Bowl bid by New York and New Jersey. But others in the league said virtually everyone in the NFL will be watching New York's Super Bowl week closely to see if a future outdoor Super Bowl in a cold-weather city is viable.
"I didn't go in there with the idea this would necessarily open the door to other cities," New York Giants co-owner John Mara said. "We were in the process of building a new stadium. Certainly the attraction to the other owners of the game being played in the media capital of the world was powerful. [But] I do think if we do a good job and all goes well, it will open the door to other cities, yes."