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DENVER — Denver will try to land a Super Bowl if the NFL allows the 2007 title game to be played outdoors in a cold-weather stadium.

The league has discussed bringing the 2007 game to the home of the New York Giants or Washington Redskins to help areas hit by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Team owners are expected to pick a venue in March 2003. Games through 2006 have been scheduled. Since the first Super Bowl in 1967, games have been played in warm weather or at indoor stadiums.

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen supports changing the rules in the hopes Denver will one day hold a game, said Joe Ellis, the team's vice president of business operations. "We never stop inquiring about getting a Super Bowl in Denver," Ellis said. "People can laugh all they want, but as soon as there's any indication from the league that this could happen, we will jump on it."

The Broncos have a new $400.8 million stadium. The average temperature in Denver during January is 43 with average precipitation of a half-inch, according to the National Weather Service. That compares with temperatures of 37 with 3.3 inches of precipitation in East Rutherford, N.J. — home of Giants Stadium. The January weather at FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins, averages 41 degrees and 3 inches of precipitation.

Jim Steeg, NFL vice president of special events, said Broncos fans and others with outdoor, cold-weather stadiums shouldn't get their hopes up.

"The commissioner is looking at changing the rules because of what happened on Sept. 11," Steeg said. "He's asking that the policies (be amended) specifically for these two sites."

Denver held baseball's All-Star Game in 1998 and the NHL's All-Star Game in February. It hopes to land the NBA All-Star Game in 2005. This year's Super Bowl is in New Orleans.