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11/29/2012 04:17 pm ET Updated Feb 04, 2013

Super Bowl In Denver? Broncos, Mayor Hancock Want Mile High City To Host As Early As 2018

Not only do we have a possible Super Bowl bound Denver Broncos in 2012 -- Mile High City may have the actual Super Bowl as early as 2018.

Mayor Michael Hancock, an NFL fan, told The Denver Post that the city has put in a bid to bring the NFL's biggest game of the year to Denver in 2018, 2019 or 2020.

"I think Denver would be head and shoulders above any other city to compete to host a Super Bowl," Hancock told The Denver Post.

ESPN's Bill Williamson reports that the biggest challenge facing Denver hosting the Super Bowl is cold weather. In 2014, East Rutherford, N.J. -- home of the New York Giants and Jets -- will host Super Bowl XLVIII and will become the first outdoor cold-weather venue to host the big game and if all goes well weather-wise at MetLife Stadium, perhaps that will make a good case for Sports Authority Field at Mile High in 2018 or beyond.

In 2018, Super Bowl LII will take place on Feb. 4, and if Denver snags the coveted hosting duties, CBS Sports reports that the average high temperature for that date is 41 degrees with an average low of 18 degrees. Additionally, February is generally not known as a high snowfall month for the City of Denver which would be appealing to the NFL.

The Associated Press reports that the NFL is expected to announce the cities which are eligible to submit a bid next year.

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