My point on the OAC board about the weather in Salem is that weather should NOT be part of the criteria in the selection/bid decision regarding location. The weather has been bad in almost every Stagg.
Hopefully the Stark County CVB folks down at the game were able to glean some good information in regards to putting together their bid.
Interesting you say this because a few pages back you were the one bringing up the weather and how it's not that different in Canton.
Weather is uncontrollable. It won't be a factor in the bid. For a place besides Salem to get it, they will have to match the effort that is put into the events surrounding the game, as noted in the post by Runk, both by support staff, city employees and volunteers, etc.
Canton, like Salem, is big enough to possibly do that and small enough to give it the attention it deserves. It's a good match for the game, size-wise.
The one thing I noticed this year is Salem isn't resting on its laurels. They added plenty of touches this year -- some minor, but things they don't have to do but spend the money on, including new banners at the stadium, fireworks and balloons being released before kickoff, billboards in the city promoting the night kickoff, promotional ads on the tables at local restaurants, the interview and video portions of the Gagliardi Trophy ceremony and pregame banquest, the video board (added a few years ago but rented for each Stagg), etc.
Take that for what you will. I think it impresses the folks who make the decisions, that Salem is always trying to improve. And at worst case they know Salem can pull it off, which makes them comfortable ... and I think the people who make that decision have to consider both the top end and the bottom end.