02/04/2013 10:04 am ET Updated Feb 04, 2013

Denver To Host Super Bowl? Weather On Super Bowl Sunday Makes Strong Case For Mile High City

Could Mile High City, where there's a chance of a snow storm and zero degree temperatures, be the home to a Super Bowl in the near future?

That's just what Denver city officials are hoping for and the The Denver Post reports that the NFL is expected to formally invite Denver to bid for the biggest game of the year in 2018, 2018 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 back in November when city officials announced they were pursuing the hosting gig.

This year's Super Bowl Sunday in Denver was beautiful -- partly cloudy and 53 degrees -- and makes a strong argument for Denver and the dome-less Sports Authority Field at Mile High as the super venue.

But not everyone is optimistic about the idea. "I think it's retarded," Baltimore Ravens world champion Joe Flacco said last week. "I probably shouldn't say that. I think it's stupid. If you want a Super Bowl, put a retractable dome on your stadium."

And although the weather was warm and sunny this past Sunday, 7News reports that out of the last six Super Bowl Sunday's in Denver three were sunny and three were snowy -- not exactly the best odds.

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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