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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.
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