Phoenix, Arizona was awarded with the 2015 Super Bowl on Tuesday (October 11) by NFL owners, reports ESPN.
The city gets Super Bowl honors for the third time in NFL history, which will see the big game played in Glendale. The only other candidate for the 2015 game was Tampa, Florida.
“We are thrilled to be back in Arizona,” commissioner Roger Goodell said. “I will say it was a difficult choice.”
“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.”
Previous Phoenix area Super Bowls were held at University of Phoenix Stadium in 2008, when the Giants beat the Patriots 17-14; and Tempe, Arizona was the 1996 host, with Dallas defeating Pittsburgh 27-17.
Tampa hosted the game in 1984, 1991, 2001 and 2009.
“Both cities are great sites for the Super Bowl and both had impressive bids,” said Giants owner John Mara, whose team has won championships in both places. “They’ve each been to the altar a few times recently and were denied. They both deserve to host a game again.”
Next year’s Super Bowl will be held in Indianapolis, followed by New Orleans in 2013, and the New York/New Jersey area in 2014.
The 2015 game is the 49th Super Bowl. For the 50th? Nothing has been confirmed, but according to ESPN, there is speculation that it will take place in Los Angeles, where the first Super Bowl was played in 1967, if a suitable stadium is available.