Super Bowl XLIX

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Super Bowl XLIX
Super Bowl XLIX logo
Date February 1, 2015
Stadium University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Ceremonies
Halftime show Katy Perry[1]
TV in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Al Michaels (play-by-play)
Cris Collinsworth (analyst)
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Super Bowl XLIX, the 49th edition of the Super Bowl and the 45th modern-era National Football League (NFL) championship game, will decide the league champion for the 2014 season. It is scheduled to be played on February 1, 2015, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, home of the Arizona Cardinals.[2] This will be the second Super Bowl played in that stadium, and the third one held in the Phoenix metropolitan area. As part of the new NFL network broadcasting agreement, NBC will serve as the game's broadcaster.[3]

Host selection process[edit]

Initial plan for Kansas City as host city[edit]

Arrowhead Stadium was originally selected for Super Bowl XLIX, but plans to add a retractable roof 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 the American Football League (AFL) 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.[4]

The first tax to fund improvements to Arrowhead and neighboring Kauffman stadiums passed with 53 percent approval. However, the second tax that would have allowed the construction of a rolling roof between the two stadiums was narrowly defeated, with 48 percent 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.[5]

Bidding process[edit]

University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, was chosen for Super Bowl XLIX.

After the Kansas City plan fell through, the following 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.[6] Arizona had declined to bid for Super Bowl XLVIII, citing the economy, to focus on bidding for Super Bowl XLIX.[7]

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed in April 2011 that Tampa and Arizona were selected as finalists.[8] The league then announced on October 11, 2011, that University of Phoenix Stadium will host Super Bowl XLIX.[8][9] This will be the second Super Bowl contested at University of Phoenix Stadium, which hosted Super Bowl XLII in February 2008, and the third Super Bowl contested in the Phoenix area, as Super Bowl XXX was held at Sun Devil Stadium in nearby Tempe in January 1996.

Entertainment[edit]

Halftime show[edit]

In August 2014, it was reported that the NFL had a shortlist of three potential acts for the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, including British rock band Coldplay, American singer Katy Perry, and Barbadian singer Rihanna. However, it was also reported by the The Wall Street Journal that league representatives asked representatives of potential acts if they would be willing to provide financial compensation to the NFL in exchange for their appearance, in the form of either an up-front fee, or a cut of revenue from concert performances made following the Super Bowl. While these reports were denied by an NFL spokeswoman, the request had, according to the Journal, received a "chilly" response from those involved.[10][11] Fans of "Weird Al" Yankovic launched an unsuccessful campaign to have Yankovic perform the halftime show to promote his album Mandatory Fun.[12][13][14] On October 9, 2014, Billboard announced that Katy Perry will perform at halftime and the NFL confirmed the announcement on November 23, 2014.[15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Katy Perry to headline Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show
  2. ^ Klemko, Robert (October 11, 2011). "Arizona, not Tampa, will host Super Bowl XLIX in 2015". The Huddle. USA Today. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ Barron, David (December 14, 2011). "NFL extends broadcast agreements through 2022, generating billions". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved December 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ "K.C. to host 2015 Super Bowl if renovations approved". Associated Press. ESPN. March 5, 2006. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ "No rolling roof, no Super Bowl at Arrowhead". Associated Press. ESPN. May 25, 2006. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c "Tampa, Miami move focus to 2015 Super Bowl after losing 2014 bid". NFL.com. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Arizona opts not to bid for 2014 Super Bowl". Arizona Republic. February 26, 2010. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "NFL says Tampa, Arizona are 2015 Super Bowl host finalists". NFL.com. April 28, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  9. ^ "NFL owners in Houston for fall meetings". chron.com. October 10, 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ Blistein, Jon (August 19, 2014). NFL Asks Musicians for Money to Play Super Bowl. Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  11. ^ "NFL to Coldplay: Pay to Play the Super Bowl". The Wall Street Journal. August 19, 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  12. ^ Leopold, Todd (August 7, 2014). "Fans backing Weird Al for Super Bowl halftime". CNN. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  13. ^ Bryant, Christian (August 8, 2014). "'Weird Al' at Super Bowl XLIX: What are the chances?". Altantia Journal-Constitution. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  14. ^ Watercutter, Angela (7 August 2014). "You Can Help Weird Al Headline the Super Bowl's Halftime Show". Condé Nast. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Katy Perry Performing at Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show". Billboard. October 9, 2014. Retrieved October 9, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Katy Perry to headline Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show" (Press release). National Football League. 23 November 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 

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