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Super Bowl XLIX
Away TeamAFC Champion
Home TeamNFC Champion
DateFebruary 1, 2015 (tentative)
StadiumUniversity of Phoenix Stadium
CityGlendale, Arizona
TV in the United States
NetworkNBC
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Super Bowl XLIX, the 49th edition of the Super Bowl and the 45th modern-era National Football League championship game, is scheduled to be played in 2015 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.[1] The host city and stadium were announced at the NFL Fall Owners Meeting in Houston on October 11, 2011.[2][3] As part of the new NFL network agreement, NBC will serve as the game's broadcaster.[4]

Host selection processEdit

Initial plan for Kansas City as host cityEdit

Arrowhead Stadium 2010

Arrowhead Stadium was originally selected for Super Bowl XLIX, but plans to renovate the stadium for the game ultimately fell through.

NFL owners initially voted in November 2005 to award a Super Bowl to Kansas City, Missouri in honor of Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt, the founder of American Football League in the 1960s who helped engineer the annual game. Then-NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue further announced on March 5, 2006, that Kansas City would host Super Bowl XLIX. However, the game was contingent on the successful passage of two sales taxes in Jackson County, Missouri on April 4, 2006.[5]

The first tax to fund improvements to Arrowhead and neighboring Kauffman stadiums passed with 53% approval. However, the second tax that would have allowed the construction of a rolling roof between the two stadiums was narrowly defeated, with 48% approval. In the wake of the defeat, and opposition by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and several civic and business groups, Hunt and the Chiefs announced on May 25, 2006 that they were withdrawing the request to host Super Bowl XLIX.[6]

Bidding processEdit

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The following then submitted bids to host Super Bowl XLIX:

Tampa and Miami both submitted bids after losing the Super Bowl XLVIII bid to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.[7] Arizona declined to bid for Super Bowl XLVIII, citing the economy, to focus on this one for Super Bowl XLIX.[8]

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed in April 2011 that Tampa and Arizona were selected as finalists.[2]

On October 11, 2011 it was announced by the owners that University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals, will host Super Bowl XLIX.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Klemko, Robert (11 October 2011). "Arizona, not Tampa, will host Super Bowl XLIX in 2015". The Huddle. USA Today. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2011/10/tampa-bay-arizona-super-bowl-xlix-2015/1. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "NFL says Tampa, Arizona are 2015 Super Bowl host finalists". NFL.com. 2011-04-28. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81f8a0ea/article/nfl-says-tampa-arizona-are-2015-super-bowl-host-finalists. Retrieved 2011-06-02.
  3. "NFL owners in Houston for fall meetings". chron.com. 2011-10-10. http://www.chron.com/sports/texans/article/NFL-owners-in-town-for-fall-meetings-2211975.php. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  4. Barron, David (14 December 2011). "NFL extends broadcast agreements through 2022, generating billions". Houston Chronicle. http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2011/12/nfl-extends-broadcast-agreements-through-2022-generating-billions/. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  5. "K.C. to host 2015 Super Bowl if renovations approved". Associated Press. ESPN. 2006-03-05. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2355537. Retrieved 2011-06-02.
  6. "No rolling roof, no Super Bowl at Arrowhead". Associated Press. ESPN. 2006-05-25. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2458407. Retrieved 2011-06-02.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Tampa, Miami move focus to 2015 Super Bowl after losing 2014 bid". NFL.com. http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d81850f50. Retrieved 2011-06-02.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Arizona opts not to bid for 2014 Super Bowl". Arizona Republic. 2010-02-26. http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/02/26/20100226superbowl0226.html. Retrieved 2011-06-02.
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