With the crazy weather right now in Dallas for super bowl 45, SB 46 in INDY (inside), 47 Nawlins (inside) 48 NY/NJ nuts...why not CHARLOTTE...with a few upgrades to BoA stadium,,,,I don't see why Mr. Richardson doesn't try to get the BIG GAME here in the Carolina's...as I'm writing this, watching the ESPN media talk & see there own breath.... & personally knowing a few people who are in Dallas to cover this event & reporting back to me how unhappy they are about said weather.... COME ON JERRY... pull some strings....
Additional Editorial by Jaxon:
Hat tip to cmypath78 for posting a most excellent topic for Panther fans. I think we've been resigned to never hosting a Super Bowl since, as James points out in the comment thread, our expansion sister Jacksonville hosted the 2005 main event:
Because OF Jacksonville.
It hailed as a complete disaster because JAX didn’t have the infrastructure needed to support it, just like Charlotte doesn’t at the present time.
Hotel space was sighted as the prime reason Jax should not have gotten the SB, but they did have a good plan B that alleviated much of that concern. They brought in seven cruise ships and docked them around town. I'm sure those on the ships had a good time!
But James is correct, there was a huge fear of downtown gridlock that I don't recall being as bad as predicted but still plenty bad for some. Those with long commutes might have over looked the distance if not for the traffic jams. For the money the elites pay to attend this event they don't want to sit in a car an hour and half getting to the game or getting to their post game parties.
At the same time I don't think Charlotte should give up on hosting a SB. But whether they become competitive in the bid process depends on city leaders. That and the local tax payers that are likely to foot a significant portion of the capital needed to make the required upgrades.
So what do you think?