The Eagles are not spending $125 million to renovate Lincoln Financial Field to host a Super Bowl, but it doesn't hurt owner Jeffrey Lurie's case.

Lurie first mentioned the possibility in March when he was asked about New Jersey's MetLife Stadium hosting the Super Bowl this season. Lurie noted that if the event proves to be a success, he would push for Philadelphia to host the annual event. An updated stadium will enhance the Eagles' bid.

"That wasn't the intention, but certainly when I'm on the Super Bowl committee, when you're bidding on a Super Bowl, the committee looks very closely at your stadium and your city and what you can host," Lurie said. "Philadelphia would be a great place."

Lurie has a point about the stadium. Miami's bid to host the 50th Super Bowl in 2016 was thwarted when organizers could not raise the funds to improve their stadium. The next four Super Bowls, including Super Bowl L in San Francisco, will be played in recently improved or new stadiums.

"The stadium is a very important part of any of these proposals," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said at the league meetings last month. "A couple of owners did express to me privately that the condition of the stadium was an important factor to them in their votes. But again, I don't know all 32 owners' perspectives on that."

Philadelphia's case is different from Miami's, considering that Lincoln Financial Field is a newer facility than Sun Life Stadium and that the renovations are privately financed. Then again, South Florida has hosted 10 Super Bowls. But the stadium is a major issue.

Goodell said the NFL has teams with new stadiums and teams investing in their current stadiums interested in the event. The NFL also needs more than 25,000 hotel rooms and other venues for events during Super Bowl week.

Indianapolis and Detroit built domed stadiums in recent seasons, which helped the league award them the game. The Minnesota Vikings are opening a new stadium in 2016 and could be in line for a future Super Bowl. The Eagles considered a roof but ultimately decided against it.