It was decided in October 2011 that Arizona would host the 2015 Super Bowl. Now less than a year away from the game David Rousseau is going into GM mode on draft day.
"We're finally on the clock," said Rousseau, Chairman of the Super Bowl host committee.
Rousseau and some of the committee went to MetLife Stadium this month for the latest Super Bowl to get a scope of how the biggest football game of the year is handled from a business perspective.
"The NFL did a great job of promoting the idea of ‘we will see you in Arizona next year'," Rousseau told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. "I think we just have to capture that momentum and make the most of it and finish up our fundraising over the course of the next 60-90 days and then we'll have one job of executing it."
The trip to New Jersey included bracing for a predicted cold patch of weather that was abnormal for the Super Bowl and gathering prospective ideas for the third time Arizona will host the game.
"We felt like we needed to go and expose a cross-section of our staff and our sponsors to what is the latest and greatest from a NFL delivery standpoint on a Super Bowl," Rousseau said. "Their predicted weather was sort of the story and I think as a result it kept a lot of otherwise interest that would normally percolate around a Super Bowl from happening."
While it's almost a guarantee that Glendale will be a warmer Super Bowl spot than East Rutherford, the committee is not looking away from possible problems regarding transportation and temperature.
"I think they did a great job on many fronts on managing transportation issues, at least from our perspective," Rousseau said. "Unfortunately folks that were encouraged to take the train home after the game were met with a couple hour wait, but they were waiting in much milder temperatures than they anticipated."
Rousseau was not involved in the host committee when the Super Bowl was last played in the University of Phoenix Stadium in 2008, however he praises his predecessor, Mike Kennedy, for showcasing Arizona's assets. The chances of the Super Bowl returning were strengthened by upgrades to state-wide transportation, helping Arizona to be picked over both Tampa and Miami.
"That game set records at the time for the most watched television event ever," Rousseau said of Arizona's last Super Bowl. "The effort was successful in securing the bid for the 2015 game on the strength of investments that have been made in the Valley. Those have been regional investments including the Convention Center in downtown Phoenix and the light rail system that have since been installed since 2008."
Eleven months away from kickoff in Glendale, tickets for the game have already been added to many people's wish lists, but acquiring them is easier said than done. Rousseau says there simply aren't enough tickets.
"Cardinals' season ticket holders get to participate in a lottery for tickets and the NFL has its own lottery that runs through June," Rousseau said. "I think the best thing we can all do to improve our chances in that lottery is to hope for another successful season for the Cardinals because as a participating team they would be the beneficiary of a big chunk of additional tickets."
Training camp hasn't even started yet and OTAs are at least two months away, however if the Cardinals were to make the Super Bowl, it would be the first time in NFL history that the host team would play in the game.
Schedule for the week
Dave Tippett and Lon Babby are in-studio on Tuesday for Newsmakers Week.
- Doug & Wolf's Newsmakers Week recap: Friday and the full week
- Greg Byrne: Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf
- Steve Keim: Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf part two
- Steve Keim: Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf part one
- Doug & Wolf's Newsmakers Week Recap: Thursday
- Herb Sendek: Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part Two
- Herb Sendek: Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part One
- Derrick Hall: Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part Three
- Derrick Hall: Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part Two
- Derrick Hall: Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part One
- Doug & Wolf's Newsmakers Week Recap: Wednesday
- Jerry Colangelo: Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part Four
- Jerry Colangelo: Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part Three
- Jerry Colangelo: Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part Two
- Jerry Colangelo: Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part One
- Doug & Wolf's Newsmakers Week Recap: Tuesday
- Lon Babby - Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part Two
- Lon Babby - Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part One
- Dave Tippett - Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part Two
- Dave Tippett - Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part One
- Doug & Wolf's Newsmakers Week recap: Monday
- Jeff Hornacek - Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part Two
- Jeff Hornacek - Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part One
- Kevin Towers - Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part Four
- Kevin Towers - Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part Three
- Kevin Towers - Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part Two
- Kevin Towers - Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part One
- Bryan Sperber, PIR President - Friday February 14PIR president Bryan Sperber closes out Newsmakers Week with Doug and Wolf.
- Greg Byrne, UA Athletic Director - Friday February 14Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne sits in on Newsmakers Week.
- Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals GM - Friday February 14Cardinals GM Steve Keim joins Newsmakers Week.
- Kevin Guy, Arizona Rattlers Head Coach - Thursday February 13What should the NFL implement from arena football?
- Herb Sendek, Head Coach ASU Basketball - Thursday February 13Can ASU make the tournament in March?
- Derrick Hall, D-backs President and CEO - Thursday February 13When does Derrick Hall think things will heat up with the Dodgers?
- Brian Mueller, GCU President - Thursday February 13Brian Mueller explains what attracts athletes to GCU.
- Jim Pitman, Mercury General Manager - Thursday February 13How do things look on the business side of the Mercury organization?
- Ray Anderson, ASU Athletic Director - Wednesday February 12Ray Anderson explains why he took the job at ASU.
- Jason Rowley, Suns President - Wednesday February 12Where are the Suns trending financially?
- Jerry Colangelo, Godfather of Phoenix Sports - Wednesday February 12Jerry Colangelo comes in studio for an entire hour!
- Dan Majerle, Head Coach GCU Basketball - Wednesday February 12Dan Majerle explains the recruiting process.
- David Rousseau, AZ Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman - Tuesday February 11Find out how Glendale is preparing right now to host next year's Super Bowl.
- Lon Babby, Suns President of Operations - Tuesday February 11Eric Bledsoe's future with the team and the relationship between the Suns and Dan Majerle.
- Dave Tippett, Coyotes head coach - Tuesday February 11Dave spends his Olympic break with us in studio to discuss the playoff race his team is in.
- Tim Esmay, ASU baseball coach - Tuesday February 11Tim describes the competitive nature in recruiting high school athletes.
- Tom King, 2014 Waste Managment Phoenix Open Chairman - Tuesday February 11Tom explains how the Phoenix Open continues to be a huge success year after year.
- Charli Turner Thorne, ASU Women's basketball head coach - Monday February 10How is the women's basketball program at ASU doing?
- Kevin Towers, D-backs GM - Monday February 10The D-backs made moves on the mound
- Jeff Hornacek, Suns Head Coach - Monday February 10Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek joins Doug and Wolf during Newsmakers Week.
- Keith Baker, GCU Athletic Director - Monday February 10How long until GCU can make the NCAA tournament?
- George Gosbee Phoenix Coyotes Co-Owner - Monday February 10Live update from the Sochi Winter Olympics.