The party's over! Super Bowl XLIX cleanupPosted: Updated:
GLENDALE, Ariz -- Signs of Super Bowl XLIX are disappearing. Less than a day after the New England Patriots won the big game, crews wasted no time in tearing down and cleaning up.
University of Phoenix Stadium crews have been working around the clock for more than 24 hours, and still have more than a week of cleanup to go. Stadium managers say the most unique part of the cleanup is the recycling effort. Moments after the last play, the stadium was covered in a shower of confetti, and many wondered who would clean up the mess, and what exactly happens to all that confetti.
Around 9:00 p.m. Sunday, housekeeping crews descended on the stadium with a long night ahead of them. Employees described it as organized chaos that will continue for days.
Scott Norton, director of marketing for the University of Phoenix Stadium, says the stadium was literally transformed for the event. "There was a major build-up of the stadium where they added radio and TV booths at the top of the stadium. There's an NFL location control that was added," he said.
All those additions must now be removed. The breakdown is expected to take a week. Norton says fortunately, much of it will be re-purposed, thanks to the NFL's environmental program. Everything from carpets and fabric to stadium fencing will be used to benefit Valley agencies, including The Salvation Army and Keep Phoenix Beautiful.
The eco-friendly attitude is far-reaching. "A lot of our stuff is used again and again, like all this material will be used at a different site," said construction crew member Matt Cawley. He's been putting in 9-hour days for weeks. The Wisconsin native is ready to go home but has two more weeks of cleanup. "I'm a little homesick," he said. "I love the city here but I want to get home, even though there's a blizzard and a foot of snow."