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Puttin a lid on FedEx could land Big Game
Puttin a lid on FedEx could land Big Game

Posted Apr 8, 2005

Owner Dan Snyder hasn't given up his dream of bringing the Super Bowl to FedEx Field. He went so far as to describe a plan in which the Redskins' stadium would have a "temporary" roof installed to permit the game to be played in a climate-conditioned environment.

"There are ways of putting up an inflatable roof that will last for a Super Bowl," Snyder said. "The technology is moving pretty quickly. We think it could work. If we want to put a roof on, we'll put a roof on. We've talked to the NFL about it, and they think it's a good idea."

San Diego COO Jim Steeg, the point man on 25 straight Super Bowls before heading to the Chargers, gave credence to the idea.

"We talked to (stadium architects) HOK and they said anything's possible," Steeg said. "I know the (United States Tennis Association) is talking about the same kind of thing for the U.S. Open. As long as Washington would be willing to handle the costs of a temporary roof as part of its Super Bowl bid, that would solve one concern that everyone has about an outdoor Northern site."

Of course, just putting a lid on the stadium wouldn’t solve all of the issues that a Super Sunday snowstorm would bring, particularly the inability of Washingtonians to drive in even a dusting of the white stuff.

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