Super Bowl Host City Requirements

January 18, 2016

Los Angeles will soon have one (or potentially two) NFL teams. It will be a prime location for hosting Super Bowls. In 2013 a newspaper reporter uncovered the NFL’s “Host City Specifications and Requirements,” a confidential 153-page list of the league’s demands for any city bidding to host the Super Bowl. Here are a few items on the list.

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  • Sixteen months before the game, the NFL will send 180 people to the host city for a “familiarization trip” to inspect the region. The host city must cover all the expenses.
  • Hotels where players stay must carry the NFL Network on their cable TV systems for a year prior to the Super Bowl.
  • The host city must give the NFL the use of at least 20 billboards at no charge.
  • The city must cover the expense of providing the NFL with a task force devoted strictly to busting game-ticket counterfeiters.
  • The NFL must be allowed to install ATMs in the stadium that accept “preferred” credit and debit cards. The league may also cover up or remove ATMs belonging to other banks if they wish to do so.
  • If cell phone signal strength at the team hotels is too weak, the host committee must install boosters or erect portable cell towers.
  • In the event of a snow or ice storm on game day, the city must give priority to the NFL “over all other ice and snow removal projects” (except in the case of threats to public safety).
  • On game day, the NFL gets access to 35,000 parking spots near the stadium at no cost.
  • The league requires exclusive access to three area golf courses (at no cost) so it can host a tournament on Super Bowl weekend.
  • The NFL also requests the use of two “top quality” bowling alleys (at no cost) for a bowling tournament the Wednesday before the Super Bowl.
  • After the game, the host city must remove the playing field at its own expense, and, if the league requests it, give those pieces of green back to the NFL so it can sell them as “licensed products.”

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