Super Bowl XLIX
|Super Bowl XLIX|
|Date||February 1, 2015|
|Stadium||University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona|
|TV in the United States|
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. 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 agreement, NBC will serve as the game's broadcaster.
Host selection process
Initial plan for Kansas City as host city
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 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.
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.
After the Kansas City plan fell through, the following submitted bids to host Super Bowl XLIX:
- Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Florida
- Sun Life Stadium – Miami Gardens, Florida
- University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, Arizona
Tampa and Miami both submitted bids after losing the Super Bowl XLVIII bid to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Arizona had declined to bid for Super Bowl XLVIII, citing the economy, to focus on bidding for Super Bowl XLIX.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed in April 2011 that Tampa and Arizona were selected as finalists. The league then announced on October 11, 2011, that University of Phoenix Stadium will host Super Bowl XLIX. This will be the second Super Bowl contested at University of Phoenix Stadium, which hosted Super Bowl XLII in 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 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 pop performer Katy Perry, and Barbadian R&B performer Rihanna. However, it was also reported by 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.
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