Could Gillette Stadium Host the Super Bowl?
With MetLife Stadium hosting the first northern city to host a Super Bowl in an open air stadium, the idea of holding the big game at Gillette Stadium is being throw around.
The idea of a Super Bowl in Foxboro may seem a bit unrealistic, if not ludicrous at first thought, but Patriots owner Robert Kraft could make a run at hosting the big game if this weekend’s Super Bowl hosted by New York and New Jersey goes well.
At the last NFL Spring Meeting, Kraft said he could like to host the game at the home of the Patriots.
“It would be great. I sort of like Boston/Providence (as a site),” Kraft said according to the Providence Journal.
While reaction to his comments have ranged from serious support to describing the idea as daydreaming, Kraft said he would not push for the Super Bowl until the experience at MetLife Stadium is reviewed.
A Super Bowl hosted at Gillette Stadium would need officials from Boston and Providence working together in order to accommodate the 35,000 hotels rooms and 5,200 media passes distributed for this year’s game according to Kraft. The two cities could also split activities such as parties, shows, and events like the NFL Experience. Kraft also has the advantage of having Patriot Place for possible events and activities at the stadium.
“It would require cooperation from all of the political folks who would have to gather together and want this, and come together like they do in other parts of the country,” Kraft said.
Some business leaders in Providence have already expressed their support. Laurie White, president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce called it a fantastic idea while James Bennett, the economic development director for the City of Providence said the city wants to be apart of it.
Gillette Stadium's chances will likely rely on the weather and the economic forecasts for the game. Poor weather could mean a only domed stadium in cold-weather cities hosing the Super Bowl and the initial economic forecasts projects an impact between $100 and $300 million before taking into consideration the cost to hold the event. The forecast is much lower than the $500-600 million originally projected.
Even if Sunday’s game is a success, a Super Bowl in Foxboro is still years away. The hosts are locked up though 2017 and the 2018 game will go to either New Orleans, Indianapolis, or Minnesota.