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Monday, December 04, 2006

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.


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