Charlotte Mayor Eyes Super Bowl Following D.N.C.
CHARLOTTE, N.C.--As President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama boarded Air Force One and departed Charlotte Douglass International Airport this morning, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx says it was the symbolic end of a successful Democratic National Convention. "I feel like on all counts...we did a good job," he said.
Now, Mayor Foxx is already talking about the possibility of bringing the Republican National Convention, The Olympics and even the Super Bowl to the Queen City. "The sky is the limit and that's the point of hosting something like this. To challenge ourselves and prove all over that we know our community can do whatever we put our minds to," he said.
The N.F.L. said the Carolina Panthers would have to initiate a bid process with the help of city, statewide, or regional leaders to bring a Super Bowl to Charlotte. A Panthers spokesman said all that is a theoretical question they didn't want to get into.
Among other things, there's also the requirement that the temperature in January for a Super Bowl host city should be more than fifty degrees or have a climate controlled environment. Charlotte's average temperature in January is 32 degrees. As for the Olympics, the U.S. Olympic Committee can bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in 2015.
Mayor Foxx is preparing for new challenges after he achieved the seemingly impossible, his daughter's wish to meet the first family. "This is the kind of thing you do for a place you care about. This city has been good to me and my family over many generations," Foxx said.