Why Can’t There Be A Super Bowl at Lambeau Field?

lambeau_field_snowSeriously, why can’t there be a Super Bowl in an northern, cold city?

Don’t tell me it’s the fans and their freezing appendages. Trust me -I’m one of them – we can dandle it.

Think of the misty, flurried late night post-season battles at Lambeau Field, watching Brett Favre throw snowballs. Or how about the muddy championship between the Packers and 49ers? Yeah, the game that somehow made Edgar Bennett good.

That’s what football is all about. However, the NFL and its owners wouldn’t have you believe that. They’ve made things too cozy.

With more and more teams rebuilding or relocating, they’re switching to domed stadiums. After all, it’s a new place with a new name, right? Might as well put a roof over their heads.

It’s as simple as this: Which would you be more amped to drive 300 miles or more to see?

Two teams in a dome stadium with no weather effects (so the kicker can’t miss a 30-yarder that beats your team), or the two-team battle in a muddy or snowy environment, one that possibly sends you to the hospital with frost bite?

Undoubtedly, they both have their perks. But does one side out-weight the other?

If we’re talking about pure, brute, honest football, then we’re cheating ourselves by playing any of these games indoors.

Bad weather increases the competition, makes the players work harder, increases turnovers, and makes for an overall more physical game.

On the other hand, a no-weather stadium makes for faster, in-your-face, highlight-reel action. Example: The Greatest Show on Turf.

Would those talented St. Louis Rams be quite as sexy or effective in rain and mud? Who knows? The true question is which one would you prefer: flawless or the true human trait-flawed.

Unfortunately, it will probably never come down to what the fans think, or even what the cities or stats think, as a whole. It’s up to the NFL as an organization, and how they see the big picture.

From their standpoint, it actually makes sense to never have a “cold” game. It ensures packed stadiums, athletic competition that is not effected by various variables, and simply allows them to put the best possible product on the biggest stage imaginable.

After all, the NFL is a business, and they’s gots to gets they’s money’s.

About Kevin Roberts

Kevin is a graduate of Concordia University in Wisconsin, where he majored in Mass Communications. He has written for multiple fantasy sites, and has had articles featured on foxsports.com and cbssports.com.
  • http://www.prepnewsreport.com Ron Tarpley

    I don’t think any football game should be played indoors.

    I miss the days of watching Minnesota play outside in the elements. As a southern man, I am not sure I could take it, but it is sure fun to watch on TV. A cold Jan. Super Bowl played in Green Bay would seem to be an appropriate tribute to the tough old guys who paved the way so we could have these fancy new domes.

    On a similar note, many state high school championships have moved to large facilities to host the game. In Georgia, the championship games are now being held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta instead of the local high school towns. I don’t care what kind of money it generates, high school teams playing away from the towns they represent in an air conditioned dome just aint right!

  • jb

    i think superbowl should be random between in doors and out doors. i assume the nfl wants the conditions to be perfect for the players. there are many problems with that theory.
    1. any team that doesnt have a dome, hates domes a generally struggles with the noise. so its not an even match against teams that are more used to domes.

    2. weather is random during the entire football season it should be the same way during the superbowl.
    id love more than anything to see a superbowl with as much snow as that playoff game packers vs. seahawks, one of the best games of all time

  • http://www.MakingTheBigGame.com Jeffrey Fekete

    To answer the headline question “Why Can't There Be A Super Bowl At Lambeau Field”, it's because the game is not played for the benefit of die hard fans willing to sit in sub zero conditions. The game also isn't played for a day – it's played up for a full week with everything that a host city like New Orleans, Miami, San Diego, Dallas, and for the cold weather advocates… New York, can offer beyond the stadium gates. There simply aren't enough diversions in the Greater Green Bay area to satisfy the non-football cravings of the partygoers, corporate insiders, and celebs that populate Super Bowl week. The NFL feels no need to explain the obvious. If you want a Super Bowl in Green Bay, start by making Vince Lombardi roll over in his grave and put a dome over it, or build one next to hallowed ground that is Lambeau. You might want to first read the free fictional postscript to my book Making The Big Game: Tales of an Accidental Spectator at http://www.MakingTheBigGame.com.

    Jeffrey Fekete
    Making The Big Game: Tales of An Accidental Spectator
    Copyright 2009
    Two Harbors Press

  • John Henry

    offensive coordinators like mike martz design spread offenses BECAUSE of the ADVANTAGE of playing on turf i.e. “the greatest show on turf” that sword swings both ways.

  • Trenton LaCombe

    Lambeau Field is the Greatest Sports Venue in The World. There should be a Super Bowl there. It don’t matter if there the smallest market in football. The Bottom Line. PEOPLE WILL SHOW UP AND SIT THROUGH THE SUB-ZERO WEATHER.