Did you know Arizona was unanimously selected by NFL owners to host the Super Bowl XLIX in 2015? Was it because they were so impressed by the state’s execution of the 2008 Super Bowl? Was it more?
Read on to find out just why Arizona is the perfect place to crown the next Super Bowl Champions!
What Are The Facts
It would be easy to say that the people are friendly, or we love the landscape of the state, but we’d rather deal in facts. So what are the facts about The Grand Canyon State that make it the perfect place for Super Bowl XLIX?
- 300+ days of sunshine every year
- Average Feb temperature around 70 degrees
- 32 four- and five-diamond hotels
- University of Phoenix Stadium is totally climate controlled and has been voted Best Playing Surface by the NFLPA from 2006 – 2010
- 20 miles of new light rail
- Airport people mover
- Five general aviation airports
In terms of the logistics of the game itself, fans will enjoy what’s likely to be a beautiful 70-something degree, and sunny, Super Bowl Sunday; and if for some reason mother nature does not comply, fans and players will be able to retreat into the perfect conditions inside University of Phoenix Stadium. With the influx of fans, players and media, they’ll need somewhere to stay, and Arizona’s 32 multi-diamond award winning hotels ought to do!
Additionally with the thousands that are expected, Arizona’s transportation infrastructure including five different airports, airport people mover and light rail will accommodate everyone’s transportation needs.
It’s More Than Just The Day
The Super Bowl is more than just a day, in almost every case, it’s an entire weekend or week affair. So what does the state have to offer visitors aside from the championship game?
22 five- and four-diamond restaurants (Featuring hundreds of award winning chefs)
- 200+ area golf courses
- World class spas
- Recreational trails
- The 7th largest US shopping destination (According to Forbes)
That’s right, dining, shopping and tons of other recreational activities are at visitors’ disposal during the days leading up to and after the Super Bowl. Still not convinced?
Glendale to Phoenix
A short drive away from Glendale, where Super Bowl XLIX will actually be played, fans can get a taste of Phoenix, AZ.
This metropolis has been updated since 2008's Super Bowl to include 3,000 more hotel rooms, 30 new restaurants, four times the amount of downtown residents, 600,000 square feet and a completed Phoenix Convention Center. (Talk about an overhaul to this already amazing city!)
The Super Bowl XLIX Host Committee has announced that the city will be home to an outdoor fan campus to be named Super Bowl Central (Click here for a sneak peek)! The newly completed Phoenix Convention Center will house the world’s largest interactive football theme park, NFL Experience, so visitors will have plenty to do between Glendale and Phoenix, and with the short distance between the cities traffic and congestion shouldn't be an issue.
Get to Arizona!
We’re already two months removed from the Super Bowl XLVIII and a month away from the 2014 NFL Draft. Before you know it we will be inducting the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and watching the Hall of Fame game (the season’s first preseason game).
Which means, Super Bowl XLIX will be here before you can say "Kick off”! Be the first to learn about Official Super Bowl XLIX Ticket Packages. Complete with a ticket to the game, access to official VIP hospitality, player and cheerleader meet and greets, amazing interactive experiences and much more, official packages offer a bucket list experience to the biggest football game of the year with the security of being direct from the NFL!
Will we see you in Arizona? Were you at the 2008 Super Bowl? What is your best memory of Super Bowl XLII in Arizona? Share in the comments below!