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May 25, 2010 at 3:51 PM

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Chill on those Super Bowl-to-Seattle questions

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Hell has not frozen over.

The 2014 Super Bowl, however, just might. The NFL owners voted Tuesday to award the game to the new Meadowlands where the Giants and Jets begin playing this year.

Now, that goes against the grain of a long-standing policy that the only cold-weather sites awarded a Super Bowl were those with a domed stadium.

The guidelines were pretty clear. Those cities with outdoor stadiums where the average temperature that time of year was below 50 degrees need not apply.

So up here in Seattle, the immediate response has been whether Qwest Field could be the site of a future Super Bowl.

Not so fast. This decision doesn't signal a sea change for Super Bowl sites.

This was an exception rather than a new rule.

"New York is unique," Greg Aiello, NFL spokesman wrote in an e-mail. "We'll take Super Bowls one at a time."

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