The NFL is a schedule-driven corporation. When it comes to the Super Bowl, planning and preparation is of the utmost importance. This extravaganza is the most watched sporting event in the world each and every year.
The final two cities with high hopes of hosting the 2015 Super Bowl were these: One is located in the desert with a dome, retractable roof and grass grown outdoors transported by a pulley system indoors for game day, in Arizona. The other, also a warm climate, played outdoors in Tampa. Tuesday afternoon Arizona was named the host area for the 49th Super Bowl.
This is the third Super Bowl in Arizona, while the host city will be Phoenix, because of the ability to house several hundred thousand fans. The game will be played in the Arizona Cardinals stadium, which is located in Glendale. The weather should range between 58 and 63 degrees that time of year.
“We are thrilled to be back in Arizona,” commissioner Roger Goodell said. “I will say it was a difficult choice.” Phoenix won on the second ballot, prompting screams of joy from the Arizona committee.
“Everyone pulled together throughout the Phoenix area to put together a terrific package we were able to present to the owners,” Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said. “We are delighted.”
“This is huge for Arizona,” bid leader Mike Kennedy said. “It feels really satisfying.” The city of Tampa hosted Super Bowls in 1984, 1991, 2001 and 2009.
“Both cities are great sites for the Super Bowl and both had impressive bids,” said New York Giants owner John Mara, whose team has won championships in both places. “They’ve each been to the altar a few times recently and were denied. They both deserve to host a game again.”
While watching Goodell announce the host city, it brought back memories. During 15 years in the NFL, I was fortunate to have been a part of 10 playoff games, all with Carolina: wild-card games, NFC divisional playoffs, three NFC Championship Games (one representing the NFC West and two from the NFC South), and one Super Bowl. I have friends that have worked in the NFL as coaches and scouts that have never made it to post-season play. I enjoyed the pivotal steps along the way, because the Super Bowl experience is one that is an electrifying and numbing experience, one that I will remember for the rest of my life.
The NFL also set Feb. 2, 2014, as the date for the Super Bowl in New Jersey; that date will not conflict with the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
That game will be held in New York/New Jersey’s new stadium in the Meadowlands, which will be the first outdoor Super Bowl held in potentially very cold weather conditions. A high of 30 degrees could occur (or maybe even lower), with snow, ice and a blizzard possible. There is a reason why a snowflake is on the 2014 Super Bowl logo.
“It’s historically warmer on Feb. 2,” Giants owner John Mara said with a smile. He didn’t mention the possibility of snow, freezing rain, blustery winds and all the accompanying elements.