City leaders will explore bringing Super Bowl to Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Some city, county and business leaders from the Charlotte area are taking the first steps in learning what it would take for the Queen City to host a Super Bowl.

They'll be getting that information from the commissioner of the NFL.

They will travel to New York City for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce's annual Inter City Visit from Oct. 23-25.

Chamber President Bob Morgan said the chamber specifically reached out to Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, and asked him to connect them with New York Giants co-owner John Mara and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

New York City is hosting the 2014 Super Bowl with New Jersey and the event is being held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Morgan said the group will take a tour of MetLife Stadium led by Mara and meet with Goodell.

"We think there's a chance that a Super Bowl could come to Charlotte," Morgan said. "So let's go learn from their example."

Panthers fans at Bank of America Stadium on Friday said the idea of Charlotte hosting the Super Bowl was a no-brainer.

"I think it'd be a great idea," Jake Tuzinski, a fan visiting from Minnesota, said.

"I honestly think we could do it," fan John Gove said. "We could pull one off."

"Economy up or down, it'll still bring money in and help Charlotte," fan Charlene Clarke said.

Morgan said the trip is about learning from New York City's example, not just in sports, but in education and revitalizing neighborhoods.

Mecklenburg County Commissioner Harold Cogdell agreed.

"It's a lot to be learned," he said.

Cogdell said it is a great opportunity to find out what a city needs to host the Super Bowl and what are some of the challenges.

He said after hosting the Democratic National Convention, it's important to ask what's next for Charlotte.

"It begs the question, 'What is our potential?'" he said.

The chamber said the cost for each elected official is $3,095 for the entire trip and that some of the officials will likely pay out of their own pockets.