Phoenix mayor applauds job city did hosting Super Bowl festivities

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PHOENIX -- City officials said Phoenix set high standards when it comes to hosting Super Bowl festivities.

The city handled record crowds downtown.

On Saturday alone, 177,000 people attended the NFL Experience. That was the biggest day for the Phoenix Convention Center ever.

Hundreds of thousands of people went to the 12-block event on Saturday with no official number yet.

The city gets to keep the rock climbing wall, known as the Grand Canyon Experience in Super Bowl Central. The Super Bowl Committee is giving it to Phoenix to use in city parks.

"We stand ready and willing and able do a job second to none, be the No. 1 host city in the entire country for events of the highest magnitude, like the Super Bowl, but other large-scale events," Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said.

City officials said 126,000 people used the light rail and that is another record. The previous record was 66,000.
   
Some 12,000 rental cars were expected to be returned Monday, which is three times the normal number.