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 an upcoming Super Bowl. Here are a few items on the list:
Tee time: The league requires exclusive access to three area golf courses (at no cost) so it can host a tournament on Super Bowl weekend.
Bowled over: 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.
A crazy junket: 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. Back in the day, these rich American cities were once poor.
Show me the money: 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.
Can you hear me now?: If cell phone signal strength at the team hotels is too weak, the host committee must install boosters or erect portable cell towers.
Hotel makeover: Hotels where players stay must carry the NFL network on their cable TV systems for a year prior to the Super Bowl. Thinking of moving to a Super Bowl city? These places are most likely to deny you a mortgage.
Hello, publicity: The host city must give the NFL the use of at least 20 billboards at no charge.
Counterfeit committee: The city must cover the expense of providing the NFL with a task force devoted strictly to busting game-ticket counterfeiters.
Premium parking: On game day, the NFL gets access to 35,000 parking spots near the stadium at no cost.
Snow way: 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).
The ultimate souvenir: 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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