Super Bowl XLIX (49) will be played in the Phoenix, Arizona area in 2015. Here are the answers to questions about the 2015 Super Bowl.
Has there ever been a Super Bowl in the Phoenix area before?
Super Bowl XXX (Super Bowl 30) in 1996 was played at A.S.U.'s Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ. The Dallas Cowboys beat the Pittsburgh Steelers by a score of 27-17. In 2008 we hosted Super Bowl XLII (Super Bowl 42) in Glendale at University of Phoenix Stadium. The New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots, 17-14.
When is Super Bowl 2015?
February 1, 2015
Does Super Bowl XLIX have a mascot?
Yes, I'm sure it will. In 2008 the mascot was also the Team Captain of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee. Here's his picture. When I know more about the 2015 mascot I will post about him/her/it here.
Where will the game be played?
University of Phoenix Stadium is a state-of-the-art facility in Glendale, Arizona. It is the home of the Arizona Cardinals and was the first stadium in North America to feature a retractable roof and a roll-out grass field. Watch a short video about the stadium.
Besides the Super Bowl, it is the location for the Fiesta Bowl. The stadium will hold about 73,000 people. Here are more details about University of Phoenix Stadium (formerly known as Cardinals Stadium).
Will it snow?
While we have seen snow in the desert a few times, I seriously doubt it. Typical weather for this time of year would indicate that it will probably be in the 60s at game time. If it is colder, you might need a jacket for outdoor tailgate parties and other local activities (will you be going to the Waste Management Phoenix Open while you are in town?). When you are in the stadium, you'll be in climate-controlled comfort if it is chilly outside.
Where is the stadium?
It's in Glendale, Arizona which is in the northwest part of the Valley of the Sun. Here is a map and directions to University of Phoenix Stadium.
How do I get tickets?
Typically, a specific number of tickets are allotted to Arizona Cardinals season ticket holders. As soon as the lottery process for obtaining tickets is announced, I will post it here.
If you are not selected to receive tickets in the lottery, chances are that the only way to purchase Phoenix Super Bowl tickets will be through a ticket broker, like TicketsNow.com (Buy Direct) or Ticket Liquidator (Buy Direct), or from scalpers/ticket exchanges. Be careful about buying tickets from unauthorized ticket sellers!
If you are lucky enough to get tickets to the 2015 Super Bowl, here's a seating chart for the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale so you can see where your seats are located.
I'll have tickets to the 2015 Super Bowl -- where should I stay?
Here are some recommendations for hotels. They are listed in the order of closest to the stadium first. The NFL has not yet announced the location for the NFL Experience, a separate festive football-oriented daytime event. Many of the other festivals and parties leading up to the Super Bowl will likely take place in downtown Phoenix, unlike 2008 where they were more spread out around town. For that reason, your second choice of hotels should probably be downtown Phoenix or downtown Tempe, where METRO Light Rail can transport you around the downtown area.
Closest to the Stadium
Near Downtown Phoenix - Airport, Other Sports Venues, Concert Venues, Bars, Clubs
Scottsdale - Resorts, Dining, Clubs, Waste Management Phoenix Open
Tempe - A.S.U., Bars, Clubs
Finally, if price and location aren't as important as luxury:
The Best Resorts in Greater Phoenix
You say you'd rather try to find a vacation rental? I imagine that there will be plenty offered! Those are great for groups, or if you'd rather not pay extra for amenities that are not that important to you, like onsite restaurants, room service, valet parking, etc. Try VRBO to find a short-term rental.
Will there be other events leading up to the 2015 Super Bowl?
Yes, lots of activities will take place. I will be constantly updating the information about parties and events surrounding the Super Bowl as we get closer to that date.
There's an App for That
Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched a new app featuring deals and discounts from Glendale and West Valley attractions through push notifications and posts. The app includes a cool smartphone punch card that allows visitors to show their smartphone to participating businesses for even more deals, discounts and specials. Other app features include locator maps showing restaurants, shops and attractions in the area; social media walls to encourage visitors to share their experiences; and photo galleries and itinerary ideas for the traveler. As game day gets closer, the app will also feature a special section just for game information, featuring FAQs, specially-themed discounts and deals, hotel information, parking info, game facts and more. To download the app, search for Glendale CVB.
Can I be a volunteer?The Arizona Super Bowl XLIX Host Committee will be recruiting and training thousands of volunteers for the various events surrounding the Super Bowl as well as for the halftime show and other game day activities. Most volunteers will not get to see the game, but they will be a part of a grand event showcasing our city and our state.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.