So what’s on your bucket list this year? How about visiting the biggest and wildest annual sports celebration in the entire world?
Yes, it’s Super Bowl time again and this year’s National Football League championship game — Super Bowl XLIX — will be played on February 1st, 2015 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona USA.
As a result the downtown Phoenix area will be visited by more than one-million people this year who look forward to enjoying a plethora of game-related activities and festivities.
Super Bowl in 2008 was last hosted in Phoenix when the festivities were offered within a wide surrounding area. This time around festivities will largely be localized in the downtown Phoenix area with many at CityScape Phoenix, the Hyatt Regency Phoenix and the Phoenix Convention Center.
What has been dubbed “Super Bowl Central”, a 12 city block area spanning from First Avenue to Fifth Street and from Monroe to Jefferson streets, will feature free activities, restaurants and of course, music.
Super Bowl Central will be easily accessible via light-rail transit with numerous stops in the area. It is also within easy reach of the city’s popular bike-share program, as well as within convenient walking distance of the city’s biggest bus stations on Van Buren Street and First Avenue.
David Rousseau, chairman of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, remarked, “This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase downtown Phoenix and all the incredible investments made by the public and private sectors working together.”
Economic times were tough in 2008 when the Super Bowl last visited Phoenix. That year’s festivities poured $500 million dollars into metro area coffers.
Since then the downtown area has launched CityScape Phoenix and seen numerous clubs, restaurants and artistic areas pour in. The downtown construction that was still taking place during Super Bowl 2008 is long since complete leaving downtown more what some have called an “urban event.”
Organizers expect a far higher revenue from this year’s Super Bowl game, having already raised $30 million dollars to fund game-related activities.
Local business leaders anticipate strong returns given the large number of hotels, retail establishments, restaurants, concerts, galleries and theaters that have sprung up in the downtown area since 2008.
Since the big game will be shown on television all over the globe, city officials anticipate strong future economic returns with millions the world over seeing the benefits of visiting the greater Phoenix area.
Phoenix Councilwoman Kate Gallego echoed these sentiments when she remarked, “This is a great opportunity. I personally think it’s a priority to think long term and not be cheap.”
Suburbs outside of the downtown Phoenix area are expected to benefit as well with nearby Scottsdale anticipating numerous parties and other events.
Attendees to this year’s Super Bowl will arrive by every type of transportation imaginable, from cars and luxury limos to buses to jet planes and even recreational vehicles (RVs). Click the link for Super Bowl Transportation options.
Big name celebrities will arrive from the airport in stretch limousines, accompanied by throngs of fans visiting artsy and trendy Scottsdale area shops and clubs.
The following events have been officially sanctioned by the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and NFL Events.
Event: Taste of the NFL
Where: WestWorld of Scottsdale
Date: Jan 31st
Description: This annual “Party with a Purpose” brings the opportunity to enjoy fun and food featuring world class recipes at Scottsdale’s WestWorld. Enjoy
Event: 2015 American Indian tribes of Arizona Festival
Where: Scottsdale Civic Park
Date: Jan 29th – 31st
Time: All day long
Description: Features a free, family friendly festival event in which attendees can experience the diverse cultures of Arizona’s indigenous Indian tribes.
Event: Verizon E Waste Recycling Rally
Where: Desert Ridge Marketplace
Date: Jan 20th
Description: A public electronic waste collection recycling event sponsored by The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, the NFL and Verizon at the Desert Ridge Market Place, located behind the AMC Theater in the North Phoenix Building.
Event: Super Bowl XLIX Celebrity Golf Classic
Where: TPC ScottsdaleWildfire Golf Club at the JW Marriott Resort in Desert Ridge, Arizona
Date: Jan 31st
Description: A field of golfers will be headed by 25 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame at this Annual NFL Super Bowl Celebrity Golf Classic.
Event: Super Bowl Gospel Celebration
Where: ASU Gammage
Date: Jan 30th
Admission: $42 +
Description: A world class gospel choir featuring top selling contemporary Christian, gospel and mainstream artists. The only gospel event officially sanctioned by the NFL, The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration has enjoyed sold out performances over the past 15 years in Super Bowl cities including Houston, Jacksonville, San Diego and Tampa. A portion of funds raised are donated to both local and national charity organizations with almost a half-million dollars donated in recent years.
Event: NFL Experience Engineered by GMC
Where: Phoenix Convention Center North
Date: Jan 24th – Feb 1st
Time: All day long
Description: The NFL Experience Engineered is a theme park featuring interactive displays, attractions, games, youth clinics and even free autograph sessions featuring NFL players, both former and current.
Event: 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open
Where: TPC Scottsdale
Date: Jan 26th – Feb 1st
Time: All day long
Admission: Starts at $30
Description: A legendary golf tournament on the PGA TOUR schedule that features the famous 16th, a par-3 162 yard hole this is turned into a stadium seating 15,000 fans.