The day of the Super Bowl has basically become a national holiday in America, with parties, get togethers, and all sorts of events that make the game usually take a back seat to everything that goes with it. With that though, cities across the country fight tooth and nail to land the event each season, and that is why this week three cities are keeping their fingers crossed that they get picked to host the event in 2011.
Those three cities are North Texas, Indianapolis, and the site already of this years event – Glendale, Arizona. The decision will come down tomorrow, and one thing is certain – however gets the big event will be rewarded with the honor of hosting an event that most cities could only dream of. Plus there is just a slight bit of money involved.
Each cities reps will have 15 minutes to tell the NFL’s upper brass why their city should get the big game. They have already had to submit tons and tons of paperwork with info about the cities hotel rooms and venues where certain sponsered NFL events will be held.
Of the three cities going after the bowl, one would think that either North Texas or Indy would have the lead going into the stretch run. Both of those cities will get new stadiums in the next two years, and with Indy, weather will not be a factor since the game would be indoors. And after watching the rain and mud in Miami last February, that factor is important once again.
The only problem with Indy is that its not that much of a “party” town, such as Miami or even New Orleans, and it seems like the NFL really likes to have its showcase in cities like that. Even Detroit, host of SuperBowl XL back in 2006, had more things to do than Indy.
As for Glendale, since it already has the event this year, I think that the league is going to have to wait and see with that venue. What if the Bowl bombs down there this year, much like it did in Jacksonville for SuperBowl 39? The league would then be locked into another bowl at a venue it struck out at, and they don’t want that.
With that, I think North Texas, the upcoming new home of the Cowboys, will get the nod. The $1 billion dollar stadium, set to open in 2009, will be able to seat nearly 100,000, making it the largest stadium the bowl has been in for years. The city also has about 90,000 hotel rooms, so that will not be an issue either. Plus the new stadium just flat out looks great, with it being more state of the art than the new digs in Indy.
So the NFL will hear out each city and make its choice. While Indy will have a shot, I think in the long run, we’ll all be heading down south in 2011 for a little home town Super Bowl in the heart of Texas.