Super Bowl fever in full swing; Ariz. preps for next yearPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- Excitement is building for this weekend's Super Bowl. And some of the folks traveling back East for the big game are from Arizona, picking up some tips for when the game comes to our state next year.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is one of those Arizonans visiting New York City. She's there for Super Bowl weekend and a ceremonial hand-off for next year's big game in Glendale.
Brewer press aide Andrew Wilder says the governor is promoting Arizona on the trip and will meet with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Saturday.
That event is the ceremonial hand-off between the host states. Wilder says Brewer should have no trouble promoting Arizona this year. All she has to do is show people the weather forecast and they're sold.
For the record, it's expected to hit 40 degrees Friday at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, compared to 69 degrees in Phoenix. The governor will be at Sunday's game and is backing the Denver Broncos against Seattle.
The last time our state hosted a Super Bowl, it was in 2008: the Giants vs. the Patriots. With that event under their belt, the Arizona Super Bowl Committee headed East to talk to officials from the NFL and the host city to go over logistics, security and other aspects of the big game.
The Greater Phoenix Economic Council is also getting into the action early. The Council is calling this week the start of a 12-month push to bring more developments to the area. They hope the game will attract new business development in the Valley. The Super Bowl is expected to bring in about $500 million.
The next Super Bowl is set for Feb. 1, 2015 at the University of Phoenix Stadium. You can find out more information on azsuperbowl.com.