From AP REPORTS
DALLAS (AP) — From hotel rooms to golf courses, plenty of numbers are included in North Texas' winning Super Bowl bid made public Wednesday.
But by the looks of it, the $1 billion the Cowboys spent on their new stadium is probably the number that swayed NFL owners most.
The sleek, state-of-the-start facility promises to seat at least 93,221 fans for Super Bowl XLV and provide the chance for a record $93 million in ticket sales, according to the lengthy proposal bid submitted by the North Texas Super Bowl Committee.
The proposal was earlier distributed to NFL owners, who selected Arlington on Tuesday to host the Super Bowl in 2011, two years after the Cowboys open their stadium nestled between Dallas and Fort Worth. Indianapolis and the Arizona Cardinals stadium in suburban Phoenix were the other two finalists.
"We're going to get into it pretty fast," Hall of Famer Roger Staubach, chairman of the North Texas committee, said Wednesday after returning from the NFL owner's meeting in Nashville, Tenn.
In their bid, the North Texas group promised 90,000 hotel rooms for Super Bowl fans, more than 11,000 luxury hotel rooms for NFL use and 38,000 area restaurants. The pitch also boasts neighboring Mexico and North Texas' ability to expose the game to a growing Hispanic fan base.
The bid, hundreds of pages long, is mostly a checklist of amenities and fixtures the NFL demands for a Super Bowl host city. Required are first-class golf courses nearby (check), 10,000 available rental cars (check) and permission for surrounding bars and restaurants to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. after the game (no, but the NFL is free to petition the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.)
But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' vision of hosting a Super Bowl with more than 100,000 fans might have been the clincher.