Pittsburgh has hosted the World Series, AFC championship games, the NHL Winter Classic and the Stanley Cup finals, but never a Super Bowl. Steelers president Art Rooney II wants to see about changing that. Mr. Rooney said Thursday he's interested in exploring the potential of bringing the Super Bowl to Pittsburgh -- as long as the community as a whole is prepared to rally behind the idea. "I think it would be great for our city," he said. "This, in some people's mind, is the birthplace of professional football. We certainly have a great tradition of being a football kind of town. I think it would be a great thing for us to do at some point." Interest in Pittsburgh hosting a Super Bowl has heightened since Sunday's big game, the first to be played outdoors in what typically is regarded as a cold-weather city. The game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., went off largely without a hitch, and Mr. Rooney thinks it opened the door for other Northern football venues to host Super Bowls. Philadelphia, New England, Denver, Chicago and Washington already have expressed an interest. "I think in the future there's going to be more opportunities for Northern cities to bid on the game. I think it would be great for our city to explore it. It's something we want to explore over the next year or so to see if there's an interest in pursuing it," he said. But Mr. Rooney, who has served on the National Football League committee that awards the game to cities, stressed that an event of such magnitude would require an "enormous commitment of time and resources" from the business and public sectors. And it would help if the team had those extra 3,000 seats at Heinz Field it has been fighting over with its landlord. "When you look at the breadth and scope [of the bids], it really is a community effort. It's just a broad community effort and it takes a lot of work," he said.
Steelers Rooney: Super Bowl 'would be great' for Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Feb 7