NFL awards Super Bowl LVII to Arizona

- The NFL has awarded Super Bowl LVII to Arizona, which will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in 2023.

According to a press released from the Arizona Cardinals, Super Bowl LVII was awarded to Arizona following a vote by team owners at the NFL's spring meetings in Atlanta. The NFL also announced Super Bowl LVIII will be played in New Orleans.

Super Bowl LVII will be the fourth Super Bowl played in Arizona and the third in 15 years at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Valley last hosted Super Bowl XLIX in 2015 between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks.

Prior to that, University of Phoenix Stadium hosted Super Bowl XLII between the New York Giants and New England Patriots in 2008, and Super Bowl XXX between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers, which was played at Sun Devil Stadium in 1996.

Super Bowl LVII is the first Super Bowl awarded via a new process in which the NFL identifies and negotiates with specific host cities, instead of a bidding process.

The head of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce couldn't be happier at this latest development.

"Most of the country is digging out of snow, and we have lots of experience, fourth Super Bowl, and we have done big all-star games. We have become a major destination when it comes to big time games," said Glenn Hamer.

Officials with Visit Phoenix says hundreds were involved in the bud process to lure the Super Bowl LVII, with more than 150 venues committed to host events at their properties during the big game. In addition, the Valley's hospitality community has committed to thousands of hotel rooms a night, including some that aren't even built yet.

"In order to host the Super Bowl, we needed to commit 20,000 room nights for that weekend," said Megan Trummel with Visit Phoenix. "That's a lot to ask of our hotel community, and we achieved over that requirement."

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