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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Super Bowl Locations From 2007 to 2010

Here's a list of the locations for the Super Bowl to 2010:

Super Bowl XLI February 4, 2007 Pro Player Stadium Miami, Florida
Super Bowl XLII February 3, 2008 New Arizona Cardinals Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Super Bowl XLIII February 2009 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, Florida
Super Bowl XLIV February 2010 Pro Player Stadium Miami, Florida

Recap: Arizona Wins Right To Host 2008 Super Bowl - kidsnewsroom.org

This is a recap just to have it in the blog record and for review ...

Arizona, and a stadium not due to be completed until 2006, have been awarded the right to host the 2008 Super Bowl, beating out rival bids by Tampa Bay and Washington, DC. With 24 of the 32 team owners voting for Arizona, the locale won the bid on the first ballot.

This past week, Sun Devil Stadium, current home of the Arizona Cardinals, pulled-out the red carpet and hosted a Monday Night Football game which paired the Miami Dolphins against the San Diego Chargers. The game, moved from San Diego due to the wildfires still ravaging the area, went off with only minor difficulties, the largest of which was ticket distribution. In order to fill the 65,000-seat stadium, the Cardinals, with approval of the NFL, opened the stadium to any and all, free of charge. Asking only for small donations at the door, to benefit fire relief, the effort raised over $500,000. Needless to say, such last-moment, selfless planning by the Cardinals did much to cement their new stadium as the appropriate choice for the 2008 Super Bowl. Nevertheless, it should be noted that a Super Bowl has never been hosted at a cold-weather stadium without a roof; hence, our nation's capital has never seen a Super Bowl match-up first hand.

Paul Tagliabue, in response to the rumors that the Monday Night game was the sole reason why Arizona won the Super Bowl bid, addressed the press: "It certainly didn't hurt, but the fundamentals here are much more important. Rome was not built in a day, and this Super Bowl was not built on Monday night."

The Cardinals new stadium, being built just outside of Phoenix, is slated to have some of the most high-tech features for a football venue. A retractable roof, among the most highly touted.

Tampa's 2005 Bid For The 2009 Super Bowl - Press Release

Here's a press release on Tampa's bid to host the 2009 Super Bowl, which it did win the right to host.


May 3, 2005 Karen Brand, 813/342-4052

Tampa, FL -- The Tampa Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau planned to get a jump on the competition by submitting the area’s bid to host Super Bowl XLIII to NFL owners a day earlier than the official deadline. The organization shipped the 80-page “Host City Bid Specifications with Responses for Super Bowl XLIII (2009)” to the 32 team owners and NFL staff for delivery on Friday, April 29. The official deadline was Monday, May 2.

“It’s just one of the many tactics and strategies we have in place to set our bid apart from the others,” explained Dick Beard, chair of the Super Bowl Task Force. “We’re doing everything we can to call attention to Tampa’s bid and position ourselves as the best choice for hosting the world’s most spectacular sporting event. I think we’re off to a good start.”

The Tampa Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau compiled the response with support from various community organizations including Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa, Tampa International Airport, Tampa Sports Authority, and area hotels. The bid included over 50 letters of support from business and community leaders across the region. Packaged in a customized binder for each team, the document showcases the area’s beaches, warm weather, and leisure pursuits.

“Our goal with the bid book was to remind the owners that there’s nowhere else in the country that they’d rather be than Tampa in February for the Super Bowl,” said Paul Catoe, President/CEO of the Tampa Bay CVB. “We have the total package: a great stadium, a solid hotel block, tremendous community support, and a legacy of success and innovation every time
we’ve hosted the Super Bowl. And don’t forget our award-winning airport, world-class attractions, warm weather, championship golf, and some of the best beaches in the country.”


Tampa Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau 􀁺 400 N. Tampa Street, Suite 2800 􀁺 Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 223-1111 􀁺 (813) 229-6616 􀁺 www.visittampabay.com
Super Bowl Bid Showcases Area’s Best

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In response to the requirements set forth by the NFL, some of the elements of the bid include:

• Resolutions from the City and County protecting the NFL from unauthorized promotional activities during the Super Bowl period (“ambush marketing”).

• Resolutions from the City and County confirming that there will be no charge for any public security/safety services provided outside the Stadium, the NFL Experience, and all other facilities used for NFL Official Events.

• The City and/or County must create a one-mile “clean zone” around the Stadium and pertinent downtown areas where no unauthorized merchandise vending will be allowed.

• The Host Committee will provide cost-free venues for both the Friday night party and the Saturday night parties sponsored by the NFL. Venues suggested include the Tampa Convention Center, MacDill Air Force Base, USF Sun Dome, The Florida Aquarium, A La Carte Event Pavilion, Busch Gardens, and The Plaza at the St. Pete Times Forum.

• The Host Committee will provide three top-quality 18-hole golf courses for the NFL Charities Golf Classic at no charge.

• Funding for the Host Committee activities will be derived from sponsorship and corporate contributions, tourist development funds, the Florida Sports Foundation, and hotel rebates.

If Tampa Bay’s bid is successful, it would mark the fourth time the area has played host to the Super Bowl: Super Bowl XVIII in 1984, the Super Bowl XXV anniversary game in 1991 during the Gulf War, and Super Bowl XXXV in 2001. Super Bowl XLIII will be played on Sunday, February 1, 2009.

Tampa is competing with Houston, Miami, and Atlanta for the 2009 Super Bowl. Representatives from the Tampa Bay area will make a presentation on May 25 in Washington, D.C. at the NFL Owner’s Meeting. A decision is expected following the conclusion of the meeting.

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The Tampa Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau is an independent, non-profit membership organization created to attract and serve visitors to Tampa Bay. The Tampa Bay CVB is funded, in part, by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners/Tourist Development Council.


2005 Super Bowl XXXIX - Oakland's Bid; Zennie Abraham's Work

An article written by Oakland Tribune Columnist Monte Poole talks about how Oakland could have hosted the 2005 Super Bowl, which was in Jacksonville and explains my role in the bid. Here's a taste of the text:

For the next eight days, Jacksonville, the Florida city unable to be Miami or Tampa or Orlando, will host Super Bowl XXXIX, thus making its first attempt to hog the international spotlight.

It's an opportunity for the NFL to see Jacksonville's act in the clutch.

An opportunity that was sought by Oakland and could have gone to Oakland.

One man, Zennie Abraham, who attempted to facilitate a deal to bring Super Bowl XXXIX to Network Associates Coliseum, insists it should have gone to Oakland.

"Yes, in capital letters," Abraham said. "We could have kicked ass."

Now the CEO of Sports Business Simulations, Abraham spent five years working for the City of Oakland, the last two as an adviser for the city's Community and Economic Development Agency (CEDA), where he reported to Robert Bobb, then the city manager.

For nearly two years beginning in late 1998, Abraham's crusade was to bring a Super Bowl to Oakland, which stepped in when it became apparent San Francisco might not get a new stadium and certainly wouldn't by 2005.
... for more click here.

If you have questions for the press, contact me at 510-387-9809.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Arlington, Texas Super Bowl Bid Committee Formed; Appilcation Due April 2, 2007

Panel launches Super Bowl bid
IRVING — North Texas leaders are launching a regional push to get the area’s first Super Bowl game, which would be played at the new Dallas Cowboys stadium in 2011, Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck said Thursday at a meeting of the North Texas Commission.

Cowboys officials plan to work with area leaders to select a Super Bowl bid committee to put together an application package, said George Bayoud, a team adviser and lead negotiator in the Cowboys’ stadium deal.

The bid committee will raise money to pay a coordinator and cover costs associated with preparing the application. The Dallas law firm Winstead, Sechrest and Minick will offer the committee pro bono help, Bayoud said.Donations could also come from groups such as hotel and motel associations, whose members would benefit from more visitors coming to the area, or corporations.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that Arlington is a good location and that the city is about 18 or 19 minutes from downtown Dallas and downtown Fort Worth.

“We really are in the heart of all of the action,” he said. “Of course, we need 88,000 hotel rooms if we’re going to have upwards of over 200,000 people associated with the game coming to the area. And that’s why every city in this area and every business and restaurant will benefit from having this Super Bowl.”

A Super Bowl in Arlington could have a $400 million impact on North Texas, Cluck said, although the economic benefit of such large events have been debated by experts.

The commission, made up of North Texas business leaders and elected officials, unanimously approved a resolution Thursday calling for a regional effort to bring the Super Bowl to North Texas.

Cluck, surrounded by Cowboys officials and mayors from other Metroplex cities, said having the game here would benefit the whole area, not just Arlington.

“We plan to bring many Super Bowls to our city and our region over the next 30 years,” he said.

Dallas Mayor Laura Miller said she is looking forward to Super Bowl fans coming to the area, staying at hotels in Dallas and spending money in her city.

“Dallas and Fort Worth love a good party, and the Super Bowl is the best party of them all,” Miller said. Dallas and the Cowboys unsuccessfully negotiated to build the stadium in that city.

Irving Mayor Herbert Gears reminded Miller that all the fans flying into D/FW Airport will have to pass by Irving hotels on their way to the stadium.

Miller added that she has faith in Jones’ ability to persuade other team owners to vote to hold the game in Arlington when they decide on the 2011 site in May.

The bid committee must submit an application and bid proposal to the National Football League by April 2.

Pro Football Hall of Fame member Roger Staubach, a former Cowboys quarterback who was also at the meeting, said, “I think one of the fun things we’re going to have to do is show people what this Metroplex is capable of doing. The infrastructure is really in place to support a Super Bowl — with hotels, restaurants and people.”

Staubach, who was Super Bowl MVP in 1972, and is a Dallas businessman, added that NFL owners will see the infrastructure, and that could encourage them to vote for the Arlington venue.

Going after Super Bowl XLV
What happened: Regional leaders agreed Thursday to try to bring the 2011 Super Bowl to the new Cowboys stadium in Arlington. The stadium is under construction and is to open for the 2009 season.

What’s next: A bid committee is being formed. It must submit a proposal to the NFL by April 2. Team owners are expected to vote on the venue in May.

Arlington, Texas And The Dallas Cowboys Bid For The 2011 Super Bowl - Fort Worth Star-Telegram

City isn't alone in its Super Bowl bid
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
November 18, 2006

ARLINGTON -- North Texas leaders looking to host a Super Bowl at the new Dallas Cowboys stadium in 2011 face some stiff competition.

Those reportedly planning bids:

Arizona, which is also hosting the 2008 Super Bowl in its new Phoenix-area stadium.

Indianapolis, which will have a new stadium in 2008.

New Orleans, which refurbished its stadium after it was damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck said Indianapolis will pose especially tough competition for the new Cowboys stadium, which is to open in 2009. But he said the regionally backed Arlington bid will have a good shot.

'I feel really confident that we're going to get it,' he said.

But at this point, it's anybody's guess who will land the Super Bowl.

None of the bidders are strangers to big games and other events. Most have hosted several in recent years.

All the stadiums are covered, so weather is not expected to be a factor.

By the time the Super Bowl is played, all the stadiums will meet National Football League requirements such as having completed two seasons of play by an NFL franchise and being home to an active NFL franchise. The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., has been the only exception.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said team owners also consider other criteria when choosing a Super Bowl site. There must be:

At least 72,000 seats in the stadium.

At least 27,000 hotel rooms within an hour's drive of the stadium.

A suitable location for a media center that can accommodate 3,400 media members.

A practice facility for each team.

A suitable location for the NFL Experience, an interactive theme park.

McCarthy said having a new stadium doesn't hurt.

He said the most recent Super Bowls have been played in new or newly improved stadiums, such as Houston's Reliant Stadium, Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., Ford Field in Detroit and Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.


SUPER BOWL GAME DAY RESTRICTIONS - http://www.superbowl.com

Every person attending Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium is required to have a ticket, regardless of age or size.

Screening Procedures for Those Attending Super Bowl XLI

Security screening at Dolphin Stadium will be significantly heightened for the Super Bowl. Many items usually permitted into NFL venues are not allowed into Super Bowl. The National Football League and the Miami-Dade Police Department strongly recommend that game attendees minimize the number and size of all items carried into the Stadium. If you are in doubt about the appropriateness of an item, it is best to leave it behind on Game Day.

All items carried by game attendees will be carefully inspected and may potentially not be allowed into the Stadium. 8 ½ x 11 inches is allowed. The NFL, Dolphin Stadium and the Miami Dade Police Department cannot hold prohibited or excluded items for game attendees.

Safety and security of all fans is still at the forefront in preparation for Super Bowl XLI.


Alcoholic beverages
All hard fruits unless cut into bite-size pieces
Any plastic liquid container with seal broken
Bottles of frozen water or frozen soft drinks
Coolers or other hard containers
Glass bottles
Illegal drugs
Ladies purse measuring more than 8-1/2 X 11
Laser pointers
Plastic grocery bags
Poles or brooms
Regulation size bats
Whistles, horns or other noise makers


Baby diaper bags
Binocular Cases -- ONLY those with binoculars that conform to the size of the binoculars
Camera Cases -- ONLY those with cameras that conform to the size of the camera
Fannie Packs

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Lunch With NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell December 4th

The South Florida Super Bowl XLI Host Committee presents lunch with Commissioner Roger Goodell on December 4th at the Broward Convention Center. Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear the Commissioner's vision for the future of the NFL. Advance tickets are $41 or purchase a table of 10 for $350.

For a copy of the application, click here.

Super Bowl Information - Tickets: NFL Website

This is from Superbowl.com


The demand for tickets to Super Bowl XLI greatly exceeds our ability to accommodate the majority of our fans interested in attending. Most tickets are made available through the two teams competing in the game, and to a lesser extent through each of our other NFL teams. Remaining tickets for the general public are made available through a random drawing. There is no other means for the general public to purchase tickets. The NFL does not sell tickets to travel or ticket agents.
Entries for the random drawing are accepted between Feb. 1 and June 1 of the year preceding the game in question. All entries must include name, address, phone number and email address, and must be sent via certified or registered mail. You will be notified by mail in October or November if you are eligible to purchase Super Bowl XLI tickets. Requests for tickets to Super Bowl XLII, to be played Feb. 3, 2008 in Glendale, Ariz., will be accepted beginning Feb. 1, 2007. Requests should be sent to:
Super Bowl Random Drawing
P.O. Box 49140
Strongsville, OH 44149-0140
Please note: Only one request per address is accepted. Duplicate requests will be ineligible.

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