PHOENIX -- A 55-inch clock at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is counting down the days, hours and minutes until the Super Bowl XLIX kickoff.
With 179 days until the big game, the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton unveiled the high-definition, LED clock Wednesday in the airport's busiest terminal.
"We're thrilled to have the Super Bowl XLIX countdown clock prominently located at Sky Harbor, the most highly trafficked point of entry to the state," said committee chairman David Rousseau. "As we hit the six-month mark, this will help drive awareness and anticipation for the Super Bowl and all the surrounding events."
The game will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on Feb. 1. It will be the state's third Super Bowl in 19 years.
After the clock was unveiled in the west end of the baggage claim area in Terminal 4, a second clock was illuminated at the east end. Terminal 4 serves more than 80 percent of Sky Harbor's passengers.
Around 90,000 people from around the world are expected to travel through the Phoenix airport for the Super Bowl. The airport is anticipating a 60 percent increase in passengers and a 40 percent increase in car rentals.
"The city of Phoenix is ready to host its largest Super Bowl celebration yet," said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. "Phoenix Sky Harbor will be the gateway to the Valley for tens of thousands of Super Bowl visitors, and we are working closely with the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee to ensure the best fan experience the NFL has ever seen."
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