While it’s unlikely to happen for several years, the city of Pittsburgh is indeed hoping to host a future Super Bowl. In fact, preparations are now reportedly underway to bid on one.
According to Mark Belko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers submitted an application to the league for permission to bid on Super Bowl LVII, which will take place in 2023.
Steelers President Art Rooney II released a statement Wednesday announcing the news.
“The application is an early step in the bidding process, and we will continue to meet with representatives of the mayor’s office, county executive’s office, VisitPittsburgh, Allegheny Conference as well as other community leaders to review the requirements with hopes of submitting our bid to host Super Bowl LVII in 2023.”
As Belko points out, if the Steelers get the right to bid, they will know whether or not they will be selected as a finalists for Super Bowl LVII in October of 2018. The winning city would then be announced the following May.
This past offseason, the Steelers added nearly 3,000 new seats to the south end zone at Heinz Field. One would think that more seating would need to be added in the coming years in order to accommodate a Super Bowl.
In case you’re curious, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be close to turning 41 when Super Bowl LVII is finally played. His current contract runs through the 2019 season.