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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
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