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Gene Wang

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The site of the Super Bowl may matter a whole lot to the host city, but otherwise it's of little consequence to players, fans and most everyone else involved with America's most watched sporting event.

The most important part of the Super Bowl is the game itself. We don't necessarily remember where last year's Super Bowl was played, for instance, but the image of Santonio Holmes's winning catch in the corner of the end zone remains fresh.

Unlike many other major sports, football doesn't have many iconic venues left. If it did, perhaps the site of the Super Bowl would count for something. We know because of weather-related reasons the Super Bowl won't be played at Lambeau Field or Arrowhead Stadium, two of the last grand old venues. We've lost Three Rivers, RFK, the old Soldier Field and most recently Texas Stadium to state-of-the-art complexes.

In that respect, football is the polar opposite to golf, where the site of, say, the U.S. Open is of paramount importance. We'll always remember Tiger Woods winning the Open going away in 2000 at Pebble Beach or that Torrey Pines was the site of his epic victory last year. Plus other courses such as Congressional, Oakmont and Pinehurst have rich and storied histories that are perfectly suited to a sport that values tradition so highly.

I've been fortunate to cover Super Bowls XXVII in Pasadena, Calif., XXVIII in Atlanta and XXX in Tempe. Ariz. I've also covered the past eight U.S. Opens, and speaking from experience, I remember much more vividly the nuances of Bethpage Black and Olympia Field, for example, than Sun Devil Stadium or the Georgia Dome.

The Super Bowl should have a semi-permanent rotation of several cities, including Miami, Tampa, New Orleans, San Diego and Pasadena. Keep it away from the midwest. No one really wants to go to Detroit or Minneapolis in February.

By Gene Wang  |  May 22, 2009; 1:53 PM ET  | Category:  Super Bowl Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I agree, it's not golf. It can be played outdoors in February. Note: I'm writing this from Steeler Country.

I'd love to see an OUTDOOR Superbowl played in the North (on what's left of the grass or snow) every year or three. Football is a Fall/Winter sport for those parts if the country that don't require AC to play...

Now for something completely different:
GO PENS!

Posted by: youghiogheny | May 22, 2009 8:43 PM

With a billion viewers world-wide, the most important site of the Super Bowl is the place in front of the television screen. And with a billion viewers, the hundreds of thousands drawn to the event city aren't much more than extras in a large entertainment production that stars the football players.

Posted by: blasmaic | May 23, 2009 1:05 AM

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