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Arizona Cardinals Cardinals ready to bid for Super Bowl XLV

Cardinals ready to bid for Super Bowl XLV
Michael Bidwill tells Valley mayors of plan
Ken Alltucker
The Arizona Republic
Nov. 15, 2006 12:00 AM

With a Super Bowl locked up for 2008, Arizona's football interests expect to once again bid for pro football's showcase game in 2011.

Arizona Cardinals Vice President Michael Bidwill said Tuesday that the organization will submit a Super Bowl XLV bid in March during an NFL owners meeting.

Bidwill made his comment during a Super Bowl Host Committee luncheon attended by mayors across the Valley.

"It's our intention to explore this," Bidwill said after the meeting.

Host Committee Chairman Mike Kennedy described the bid process as "incredibly competitive" because "everybody wants it."

NFL owners typically select a host city during their spring meeting.

Arizona's Super Bowl Committee is kicking into high gear, planning events leading up to the Feb. 3, 2008, game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. The NFL selected Tampa and south Florida as Super Bowl hosts for 2009 and 2010, respectively.

During the luncheon, Frank Supovitz, the National Football League's senior vice president of events, said cities that prepare early for the Super Bowl tend to get the biggest economic payoff.


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