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Snyder to Pursue Super Bowl For Washington, D.C.


Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder said Wednesday he intends to pursue a Super Bowl for the Washington, D.C. area and "we're ripe to get one."

The NFL recently awarded Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014 to the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., marking the first time the NFL's championship game will be played outdoors in a cold-weather city.

NFL rules stipulate an outdoor temperature of 50 degrees but the New York/New Jersey bid got a waiver.

"I think the experience in New York will be very helpful if we can gear up again for a Super Bowl committee," Snyder said.

A previous attempt for Super Bowl XLII, with former Sen. Fred Thompson chairing, fell short in 2003 but now the dynamic has changed.

Snyder said he did not think it will be "that long" before the NFL might award a Super Bowl to the nation's capital.

Despite concerns about snowstorms or freezing temperatures disrupting Super Sunday in New Jersey and creating fan discomfort, Snyder said he anticipated an effort that would help a Redskins' bid.

"We'll be playing in New York in 2014 and we'll have a great experience there hopefully, and I think people will be surprised by the weather," he said.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league would "probably" begin consideration of the 2015 Super Bowl next year.

Before the Super Bowl makes it to the Meadowlands, it is scheduled for Arlington, Texas in 2011, Indianapolis in 2012 and New Orleans in 2013. All three stadiums are domed, where FedExField is not.

The NFL has staged the Super Bowl in cold climates before, but always in covered stadiums. The game has twice been held in Michigan (Pontiac and Detroit) and once in Minneapolis (where the Redskins defeated the Buffalo Bills 37-24 for their third Super Bowl victory and fifth NFL championship).

The New York/New Jersey bid won out over Tampa and South Florida in a vote by NFL team owners in late May. The New Meadowlands Stadium, home to the Giants and Jets, opens this season.

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