NFL tables discussion of future Super Bowls in cold weather cities until May

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The NFL in February held its first Super Bowl in an outdoor stadium in a cold-weather environment and other similar cities — including Denver — said they wanted the opportunity to host the big game.

But the topic was tabled at the NFL owners meeting this week until the spring meetings in May.

The Seattle Seahawks beat the Broncos, 43-8, on Feb. 2 in East Rutherford, N.J. And while there were fears of snow and cold temperatures in the week leading to the game, it kicked off under partly cloudy skies and a temperature of 48 degrees.

However, a big snowstorm hit hours after the game, and airports were closed the next day, stranding visitors who were trying to leave the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.

The Broncos and the city of Denver set out in 2012 to land a Super Bowl in Colorado in 2018, 2019 or 2020.

“I think Denver would be head and shoulders above any other city to compete to host a Super Bowl,” Mayor Michael Hancock said in 2012.

The next three sites are set — Glendale, Ariz., in 2015, Santa Clara, Calif., in 2016 and Houston in 2017. At the May owners meeting, the 2018 site will be chosen from among Indianapolis, Minneapolis and New Orleans.

Denver dropped its bid for 2018, waiting until after the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl to see how the experience went in a cold weather environment.