Glendale grabs 2015 Super Bowl

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

HOUSTON (AP) -- NFL owners have awarded the 2015 Super Bowl to the Phoenix area.

It will be the third time the area has hosted the game, which will be played in Glendale, Ariz. The Super Bowl also was held at University of Phoenix Stadium in 2008, when the Giants beat the Patriots 17-14. Tempe, Ariz., hosted the game in 1996, with Dallas defeating Pittsburgh 27-17.

The Arizona committee screamed in delight when the announcement was made Tuesday.

Phoenix beat the Tampa area in the bidding on the second ballot. Tampa has hosted the game in 1984, 1991, 2001 and 2009.

Next year's game is in Indianapolis, followed by New Orleans in 2013 and the New York/New Jersey area in 2014.

The 2015 game is the 49th Super Bowl.

Statement from the city of Glendale:

Glendale, Arizona is proud to be the host city for the 2015 Super Bowl, an economic engine that benefits our entire state. This decision is a positive reinforcement on the entire region, highlighting our ability to put Arizona on a stage for the world to see. Glendale's opportunity to host a Super Bowl honors the continued commitment to Arizona voters to use the state-of-the-art University of Phoenix stadium and the amenities and infrastructure that were built around the stadium in Glendale to attract hundreds of thousands of people while also pumping money into the local economy. Just like in 2008, Glendale intends to once again make it one of the best bowl experiences for fans and for the entire region and looks forward to working with the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee to make the biggest game in the world the biggest success.  

Comments from Cardinals president Michael Bidwill at Tuesday's news conference:
"We’re delighted that the NFL has chosen Arizona for Super Bowl XLIX in 2015. It will be our third Super Bowl, as Commissioner said, our second one at University of Phoenix Stadium. I think the whole community is behind this and they’re going to be really excited about the news as it continues to break over the next couple of hours. It’s really exciting for our community. It was over a $500 million economic impact in Arizona in 2008. And I think it’s going to be a great economic impact this time around in 2015 to give our community something to really rally around over the next couple of years as we go through these economic times. I also want to congratulate the Tampa and Orlando areas as well as the Glazer family and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They put together a heck of a proposal. It was fierce competition and they were terrific competitors. Also we have a soft spot in our hearts as Cardinals – that’s where we played our first Super Bowl, in Tampa, so we were glad to see that they are in the Super Bowl business and I’m certain that they’re going to get a Super Bowl sometime soon as we continue to award these Super Bowls year by year."

Comments from the chairman for Arizona's host committee Mike Kennedy at Tuesday's news conference:
"This is huge for the state of Arizona. There was a great statewide effort. We had a lot of partners. Today’s announcement is the result of a lot of good feeling, good productive work. It doesn’t happen for our community without the investment that the Bidwill family has made in Arizona, and not just the football team. To participate in this process and be able to first hand measure the respect that Michael and his dad and the family have among the owners is really important and critical to our success. I do want to duplicate what Mike in just one respect and that’s congratulating the folks of Tampa. It was spirited healthy competition. Over the last three or four years we have been in that position, and obviously I don’t control everything but I believe that the Super Bowl will once again be in Tampa. And, as Mike said, we have a soft spot in our hearts for the great hospitality we received when the Cardinals went there for Super Bowl XLIII in 2009. So, thanks to members of the Host Committee who are here and who made the trip. It’s been a great team effort and it feels really satisfying."

Statement by Gov. Jan Brewer:
"I was thrilled to learn that NFL owners today awarded the 49th Super Bowl to the great State of Arizona – marking the third time the Phoenix area has hosted the championship game and the second time it will be played in Glendale's beautiful University of Phoenix Stadium. I want to thank the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee for all of its fine work and, of course, NFL owners who've given the state this honor.

"The Super Bowl is indisputably one of the world's premier sporting events – and an economic boon to any state fortunate enough to play host. In 2008, the last time the Super Bowl was played in Glendale, football fans generated upwards of $500 million in economic impact for Arizona.

"Beyond the economic impact, the Super Bowl will once again shine a bright light on all that our wonderful state has to offer. I know that football fans across Arizona share my enthusiasm in knowing that the Super Bowl is coming back to the Grand Canyon State!"