GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)- Just last month, Title Town was home to the NFL's big kick-off celebration. Tens of thousands of people packed the stadium district. Some called the event Green Bay's version of the Super Bowl. But why can't the smallest city in the league host the real thing?
"I think if we could do that here it would give us the attention that we deserve after being the best fans ever," said Tom Snider.
"We can't have an Ice Bowl anymore, but if they're going to have a Super Bowl in New York, I don't see why they can't do it in Green Bay."
It turns out there are quite a few reasons Green Bay has never been asked to host a Super Bowl.
Brad Toll, President of the Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau, said besides the snow and cold of February in Wisconsin, there just isn't enough space. He said Super Bowl cities have a minimum of 30,000 hotel rooms available for visitors. Green Bay has just 4,300.
"The Fox Cities area could add a few more and get us up to about 7,000 or 8,000 rooms," explained Toll. "But we would have to go all the way to Milwaukee or Madison to come up with that number."
There's also the issue of meeting space. While Green Bay was able to accommodate NFL activities during the kick-off celebration, Toll said the Super Bowl is a whole different ball game.
"We don't have nearly enough for what they're looking for with meeting space," Toll said. "Could we tent it in February? We could. But, logistically, the NFL doesn't have to do that in other cities so why would they go through doing that here?"
Still, no matter how unlikely a Lambeau Super Bowl may be, die-hard Packer backers will never say never.
"Come on, Lambeau field is the home of the NFL," Pekel exclaimed. "You can't beat it. This is where it was born and bred. We're the best team around!"
Cities that host the Super Bowl usually report an economic boost of around $500 million.