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Will Cincinnati ever host a Super Bowl?

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Nearly a million people filled downtown Indianapolis for a week of partying and fun.

From the proximity of everything to the stadium, to the cleanliness of the city and all the different options that catered to different people, some are saying Indy was the best Super Bowl host ever.

Some Cincinnati residents believe Indianapolis' success could be duplicated in the Queen city, others aren't so sure.

"I always say to my friends that it's never going to happen in my lifetime at least," said Todd Harris, Cincinnati resident. "It seems like we are not ready to handle something like that."

How realistic is the idea that Cincinnati could host the Super Bowl?

By the numbers compared to Indianapolis, Cincinnati's metropolitan population has nearly 400,000 more people, and according to the Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau the city has the NFL required 25,000 hotel rooms within one hour of the city.

But there are numbers working against the Queen City, like the number of seats at Paul Brown Stadium. The stadium can hold 65,500 people, and according to team officials seats could be added to get that number to around 68,000.

The attendance at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday was 69,000 but usually the NFL wants 70,000 seats minimum.

Then there is the fact the average February temperature in Cincinnati is 34 degrees and the city has no domed stadium.

New York will host the Super Bowl in two years in an outdoor stadium, and it's a first for the NFL in such climate.

"That's going to be the first one, that is going to be the key as the first open air Super Bowl to see [how it goes]," said Seg Dennison. "You know what you've got to roll the dice on the weather."

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