Glendale in the running to host the Super Bowl in 2015Posted: Updated:
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Glendale is officially in the running with Tampa Bay to host Super Bowl XLIX.
“Well this is great news. We've been trying to get back in front of the owners and bring the Super Bowl back here,” Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee chairman Mike Kennedy said. “You want to have a Super Bowl because it says to the world we are worthy as a city and as a state to host the biggest event the world knows.”
Arizona has twice before hosted the Super Bowl, most recently in 2008. “There's a clear pattern of NFL awarding cities with new stadiums the Super Bowl; we were the beneficiaries of that,” Kennedy said.
The 1996 Super Bowl game was played at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe while the 2008 game was played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Tampa has served as the Super Bowl site four times.
Arizona’s 2008 Super Bowl was also deemed a success and that is why the host committee tried again for the 2012 and 2013 games. Each bid was lost and the 2014 bid was withdrawn but now the NFL says 2015 is officially between us and Tampa Bay.
“The economic impact in 2008 exceeded $500 million, that's very significant,” Kennedy said.
After a freezing Super Bowl in Dallas and the next three slated for Indianapolis, New Orleans, and New York the NFL may be sending a message.
“I think it's a statement. We want to get some warm weather cities back,” says Kennedy who wants NFL owners to know we aren't just warm, we're worthy. “I think this is the best place in the country to host a Super Bowl and I hope 2015 will be our next turn.
The official bid is due August 1. The NFL owners will vote in October and decide if Glendale gets to host Super Bowl XLIX.