ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 01: A view of Cowboys Stadium with outside before Super Bowl XLV Media Day on February 1, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. The Dallas area was hit with winter weather late yesterday evening causing road and school closures in the area. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Bruno Mars dazzled. Security was a breeze. And it was warmer in New Jersey last Sunday than it was in North Texas.
Other than the dreadful blowout that was essentially put into motion on the game’s first play, Super Bowl XLVIII outdoors in New York was a surprising, smashing success.
Which begs the question, Will we see another Super Bowl at AT&T Stadium? Of course. But when?
Not until 2019, at the earliest. Phoenix hosts next year, followed by the new stadium outside San Francisco for Super Bowl 50 in 2016 and Houston’s Reliant Stadium again in 2017. The 2018 game is being bidded by New Orleans, Indianapolis and Minneapolis.
As for 2019, the Metroplex should be in play again as part of the Super Bowl rotation. Nothing wrong with the stadium, obviously. College basketball’s Final Four is coming in March and next year college football’s inaugural National Championship Game will be played in Arlington.
But, let’s admit, there is a bitter taste lingering about Super Bowl XLV.
It was icy. It was dangerous. Temporary seats weren’t installed in time. And I’ve never been colder in my life that waiting in a long line for buses to pick us up outside the stadium on Media Day.
We weren’t ready for the winter storm, and we paid the price with a tangible image hit.
But what Jerry Jones wants, Jerry Jones usually gets. Enough time has passed to heal the wounds and enough big-time events have been staged without a hitch in North Texas and AT&T Stadium to think Super Bowl XLV wasn’t anything other than a fluke of nature.
I see North Texas bidding on Super Bowl 53 to be played in early Feb., 2019.
Wonder if the Cowboys will have sniffed a championship by then?
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently writes a sports/guy stuff blog at DFWSportatorium.com and lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.