Stadium faces plenty of obstacles

Updated: March 15, 2005, 4:19 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- NFL owners could vote next week on whether to play the 2010 Super Bowl in New York at a new stadium built for the Jets on the West Side of Manhattan.

The vote would come at the NFL meetings in Hawaii.

"It's on the agenda for a possible discussion and vote," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Tuesday.

The New York Times reported on its Web site Tuesday that the owners were likely to approve the game contingent on construction of the stadium. The Super Bowl voting was pushed up from the league meetings in June to next week's gathering at the request of the Jets, who hope that a Super Bowl commitment would help their chances of getting approval for the stadium.

Construction of the stadium is the subject of a major political debate in New York with several bidders besides the Jets bidding for the purchase of the potential site, in railroad yards near the Hudson River.

Among the bidders are the Dolan family, owners of Madison Square Garden, who have been campaigning extensively against the building. Last week, this year's draft was moved from the Garden to the Javits Center, adjacent to the proposed stadium site and league officials acknowledged that the Garden's opposition to the stadium project played a role.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement that, unless the stadium is built, "New York won't get the Super Bowl and will lose out on hundreds of jobs, more than $200 million in economic activity and nearly $30 million in tax revenue."

Bloomberg also hopes the stadium will attract the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Commissioner Paul Tagliabue first proposed a Super Bowl in New York following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

Detroit will host the game next February followed by Miami in 2007 and Phoenix in 2008. Miami, Tampa, Houston and Atlanta are candidates for the 2009 game.


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