Arizona Big Game Facts
This is a great list from Arizona Superbowl dot com You can bone up on facts to chat about during timeouts.
ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman recently elevated Arizona’s street cred by declaring, “Arizona is where the Super Bowl should be held a lot." (Fist bump, Chris.) Arizona enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine every year and has an average temperature of 71 degrees Fahrenheit in February. (Hike!) Arizona has more than 400 golf courses, as well as more than 300 arts and entertainment venues. The state of Arizona is home to more than 40 National Historic Landmarks. (Grand Canyon, anyone?) Arizona is hosting the Super Bowl for the third time in 19 years.
Super Bowl XXX was played at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe on January 28, 1996. The Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Dallas Cowboys, 27-17. Since Arizona last hosted the game, Super Bowl XLII, in 2008, Cerreta Candy in Glendale has produced more than 8.8 million pounds of chocolates and candy. (Sweeeet!) Local First Arizona, the largest local business coalition in North America, is 2,700 businesses strong and aims to give Super Bowl fans a very local Arizona experience.
Phoenix has changed dramatically since hosting Super Bowl XLII in 2008. $4 billion has been infused into new downtown development including: 250,000 square feet of new retail, a completed Phoenix Convention Center, 20 miles of light rail, 1,500 new hotel rooms and more than 30 new restaurants. The largest arts education and entertainment complex in the Southwest is the Mesa Arts Center – winner of the International Venue Excellence Award. Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix was just named among the “10 Best: City Art Districts Around the USA,” by USA Today.
Scottsdale is emerging as a culinary destination with more than 600 restaurants, many locally-owned and -operated. With young chefs boasting raw talent and bold ideas and a top-rated Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, Scottsdale was named “No. 2 Foodie City” in the U.S. by Livability.com in 2014. (Get in my belly!)
Must-see attractions in Scottsdale include the organic architecture at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West and the Native American culture at the Heard Museum. Phoenix is the 6th largest city in the United States.
The Greater Phoenix area is home to more recreational open space – nearly 190,000 acres – than any other major metropolis in the United States. South Mountain, which is located in Phoenix is the largest municipal park in America.
Greater Phoenix is the 6th youngest metropolitan region in the country, with a median age of 35. CULTURE More than 110 languages and dialects are spoken in the metropolitan Phoenix region. Arizona has the second largest Native American population in the entire U.S. Twenty-two different federally recognized tribes call Arizona home. Hispanics account for about 30 percent of the population in Arizona, with a statewide Hispanic population exceeding two million individuals, according to the 2014 Datos: The State of Arizona’s Hispanic Market report. For the first time in Super Bowl history, social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are being hosted in Spanish as well as English.