Events and Venues Planned For Super Bowl XLV

The Super Bowl XLV Host Committee announced today the locations of eight major events and venues – from the NFL Experience to the headquarters hotel – for the 2011 game in Arlington.

Here are some of the special events that the committee has planned so far.

The NFL Experience, an 850,000-square-foot theme park, football museum and memorabilia show, will be held at the Dallas Convention Center. This wasn’t a big surprise as the DCC was the largest indoor venue in the area.  I wonder if Jerry Jones will let them display all the great Cowboys memorabilia he has amassed over the years, and will they have the actual football that was dubbed the first official Hail Mary pass? That would be so cool.

The Hilton Anatole was chosen as the NFL Headquarters hotel, where many of the league’s top officials will stay. Most of the hotel will be off limits to the public for much of Super Bowl week. I guess they want to be sure not to mingle with any actual football fans, God forbid. Who needs them anyway.

The downtown Sheraton Dallas Hotel, formerly the Adam’s Mark, will be the site of the Media Center. This year, the NFL issued more than 4,500 media credentials representing 633 outlets. This is also where all the radio coverage will be broadcast live. Wow that’s a heck of a lot of press!

The Taste of the NFL, one of the Super Bowl’s most famous fundraisers, is booked at the Fort Worth Convention Center on the eve of the game. The celebrity-studded event pairs chefs from restaurants in all NFL markets with current and former players. The effort has raised more than $8 million for hunger relief charities since 1992.  This sounds like fun, football, celebrities and great food!

The concert that officially starts the Super Bowl celebration is scheduled for 11 months before the game is played Feb. 6, 2011. The first of the three Kick-Off Concerts will be held March 6, 2010 at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. The next concert is May 22, 2010 at the Winspear Opera House, now under construction in the Dallas Arts District. The final concert will be Sept. 10, 2010 at the Cowboys stadium. I wonder who they’ll have among the performers? I’d be fine with just about anything as long as it’s not the Dixie Chicks, anyone from American Idol and without a doubt NO Miley Cyrus or her dad!

That’s it as far as the interesting stuff goes, but if you really want to know about who will print the badges, who will do the catering, and how many porta-potty’s will be needed, click here.

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