CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- After what has been regarded as a successful Democratic National Convention last month, city leaders now have their eyes set on hosting another nationwide event--the Super Bowl.
More than a dozen city leaders are expected to meet with National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell in New York later this month to pitch and explore the city as a Super Bowl host.
Leaders will also tour the new MetLife Stadium, the NFL's home to the New York Giants and New York Jets.
Panthers owner Jerry Richardson arranged for leaders, including Charlotte Chamber of Commerce President Bob Morgan, to meet with the NFL during the event starting October 23 in New York.
MetLife Stadium seats more than 80,000 fans and will host the Super Bowl in 2014.
New Orleans will host the big game at the end of this season, while the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona is the site of the Super Bowl in 2015.
Steve Luquire heads up LGA, the public relations firm that helped bring the DNC and the final four to town.
“I think clearly in the next decade Charlotte is in place to host a super bowl, we have the opportunity…and there’s a reason every city in the NFL wants to host a Superbowl, it’s the biggest payday out there.”
He's part of a group of city and county leaders who are heading to New York to meet with the NFL commissioner to get the ball moving in the right direction.
“It will help the NFL begin to think about Charlotte as a possible place for a super bowl or some other major event,” said the Charlotte Chamber Chair Frank Emory.
The stadium will need some major renovations -- escalators and big screens are all being talked about and Luquire says charlotte will need about 10,000 more hotel rooms - but he thinks the queen city could land the crown jewel.
But what will happen first?
“If you’re asking me, I’m going to say the panthers are going to be in another super bowl before we host a super bowl,” Luquire said.