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CHARLOTTE — The dream in the Queen City to host the Super Bowl was officially crushed this week.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the city does not have enough hotel rooms to accommodate football fans. Even though the count in the city totals to nearly 300 hotels and 30,000 hotel rooms, Charlotte did not make the cut. The question was raised earlier in the week at the Carolina Panther's Training Camp.
A fan asked Commissioner Goodell about Charlotte's chances in the future, raising the point the city is hosting the DNC. His answer did not surprise many in the hospitality industry, pointing out it is not only about the number of beds but the stage of the facility.
"I'm not surprised by that. I don't think we currently have enough rooms to accommodate the Super Bowl. We can accommodate the DNC but that room count is much smaller then probably what the Super Bowl wants or needs," said Executive Dir. Sid Smith, of the Charlotte Area Hotel Association.
City leaders are looking at plans to add hotel space throughout the next decade.