Super Bowl landmark unveiled in Downtown Phoenix

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- With 83 days until the kick-off of Super Bowl XLIX (49), the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and Visit Phoenix unveiled a super-sized football mounted in Downtown Phoenix.

The giant football, revealed on Monday morning, is located at the northwest corner of Washington Street and Central Avenue.

It will serve as the cornerstone for Super Bowl Central.

The football towers more than 20 feet high, it measures more than 32 feet around, and weighs in excess of 7,000 pounds.

"This massive installation for Super Bowl XLIX stands for the fun and lasting memories in store for fans, and for the heightened profile and lasting benefits for Arizona as we welcome our third Super Bowl in 19 years," said Jay Parry, President and CEO of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee.

Fans are invited to take their photos in front of the newly installed giant football and share them on social media using #SB49.

"Just imagine looking around and seeing a million of your closest friends enjoying the most family friendly football Super Bowl experience possible here in downtown Phoenix," said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

The twelve-block area surrounding the football will be the hub of fan activities for the Super Bowl.

"If our eight and one hometown team the Cardinals make it, we'll be seeing two-million fans who will come to Downtown Phoenix, it's going to be one heck of a party," said Mayor Stanton.

Now known as Super Bowl Central, the area will be a free, fan campus featuring street-level merchants and restaurants, local food trucks, beer and wine gardens, a concert stage, network broadcast stages and a nightly fireworks show.

"Super Bowl Central is a postcard from downtown Phoenix to the world," said Win Holden, chair of Visit Phoenix. "This super-sized football not only marks the epicenter of downtown Phoenix's fan experience, but it's destined to star in scores of selfies and social-media posts."

All the activities won't start until we get closer to the big game. The party starts Jan. 28, 2015 and runs through Feb. 1.

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The Super Bowl is America's number one watched television program and culminates the NFL football season. Arizona will host its third Super Bowl in 19 years on Sunday, February 1, 2015. Super Bowl XLIX will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

For more information, visit www.nfl.com/superbowl/49.

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Pro Bowl
The Pro Bowl is held every year to showcase the best players in the NFL, as voted by the players, coaches and fans. The 2015 Pro Bowl will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday, January 25th, the week before Super Bowl XLIX. It will mark the third time in history that the Pro Bowl will be played in the same city as the Super Bowl. For more information, visit www.nfl.com/probowl.

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