No NFL team has ever played in a Super Bowl in their own stadium. That trend will obviously continue this winter with the Indianapolis Colts. However, the Arizona Cardinals will get a chance in 2015.
League owners awarded the 2015 Super Bowl to Glendale, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. They beat out Tampa Bay, the only other candidate. This will be the third time the Phoenix area has hosted the game.
“We are thrilled to be back in Arizona,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “I will say it was a difficult choice.”
According to the AP:
Phoenix won on the second ballot, prompting screams of joy from the Arizona committee.
“Everyone pulled together throughout the Phoenix area to put together a terrific package we were able to present to the owners,” Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said. “We are delighted.”
The Super Bowl also was held at University of Phoenix Stadium in 2008, when the Giants beat the Patriots 17-14. Tempe, Ariz., was the 1996 host, with Dallas defeating Pittsburgh 27-17. Tampa hosted the game in 1984, 1991, 2001 and 2009.
New Orleans has the game in 2013, New York/New Jersey in 2014. The 2015 game will be the 49th Super Bowl. Rumors are the 50th anniversary game will be held in Los Angeles, where Super Bowl I was played in 1967.
However, only if a suitable stadium is available at that point. So when is it coming to Chicago’s Soldier Field? We renovated in 2002 for you guys!
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