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Arizona To Bid For 2012 Super Bowl


 After a successful Super Bowl XLII -- complete with the Giants' upset of the Patriots -- the Arizona Super Bowl host committee will bid for the 2012 game.

Backed by the Cardinals, the Arizona Super Bowl host committee is going to try again.

Cardinals president Michael Bidwill joined with host committee chairman Mike Kennedy and committee president Bob Sullivan to announce Arizona will bid for the 2012 Super Bowl, the next available game.

The announcement was made at the Arizona Tourism Association's Unity Dinner Thursday night, as the host committee was honored as the 2008 Arizona Tourism Champion for benefits in that area while putting on Super Bowl XLII.

"The NFL was extremely impressed with Arizona as a host community for Super Bowl XLII," Bidwill said in a statement. "Arizona is seen by the NFL as a wonderful destination.

"Hopefully we can capitalize on the momentum (of the 2008 game) we generated to bring the Super Bowl back to the Grand Canyon State."

Indianapolis, which narrowly lost out to Arlington, Texas, for the 2011 game, will be bidding for 2012, as will Houston. The game will be awarded after a vote by the owners at league meetings in Atlanta May 20-21.

Kennedy had said in the days preceding Super Bowl XLII the committee almost had to bid again for another game while the experience of the 2008 game was fresh in owners' minds.

"The feedback we received from hosting Super Bowl XLII was so overwhelmingly positive that it only makes sense to try and do it again," Kennedy said in a statement. "By 2012, Arizona will be an even better place to host a Super Bowl."

The 2009 Super Bowl will be in Tampa. The 2010 game will be in Miami.

Posted 3/6/08.

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