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Chiefs CEO says KC could pull off Super Bowl

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 31, 2014 at 5:30 pm •  Published: January 31, 2014

Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt believes Kansas City could pull off hosting a Super Bowl after the NFL decided to bring its marquee game to a cold-weather venue this season.

That doesn't mean he expects it to happen anytime soon.

Speaking to reporters in New York ahead of Sunday's game between Denver and Seattle, Hunt said that the biggest obstacle to Kansas City hosting the Super Bowl remains the number of hotel rooms in the metropolitan area. The league requires at least 40,000 rooms to be available, far more than are available in Kansas City and its surrounding suburbs.

"It's something that the commissioner has been pretty consistent about in terms of Kansas City hosting a Super Bowl, that hotel rooms would be our biggest challenge," Hunt said. "Clearly, the NFL has a set of guidelines for any Super Bowl, but I think in certain cases they're willing to overlook certain things. So maybe that could happen."

The next three Super Bowls have already been awarded to Glendale, Ariz., San Francisco and Houston, and NFL owners will vote this spring on the 2017-18 championship game.

That means that Kansas City would have to wait until at least 2019 for its chance. Even then, it would almost certainly receive strong competition from other cold-weather venues such as Denver, Seattle, New England and Philadelphia.

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