ESPN, Steelers Move Into Cowtown

With both ESPN and the NFL moving into Sundance Square in Fort Worth, it's obvious the Super Bowl is coming to North Texas.

The AFC banners hang outside the Omni Fort Worth Hotel, and new signs for the Steelers are being printed as team staff members start checking into their home for the big game.

A saddle for the team's owner sits in the lobby, soon to be adorned with the Steelers logo.

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"The buzz here has been unreal," said Larry Auth, area director of sales and marketing for Omni Hotels. "From what we're hearing from all the NFL staff and security, it's going to be a lot of folks, a lot of fans, but we're ready for it."

Though the hotel's 600-plus rooms are booked solid by the Steelers and their families and ESPN, the hotel's first floor will remain open to the public. That means there's a chance you could spot your favorite Steeler dining at one of the five restaurants.

The Packers are staying at the Omni Mandalay in Las Colinas.

At the Chisholm Trail parking lot in Sundance Square, where ESPN will be broadcasting its coverage, crews have removed light poles and replaced them with power supplies for ESPN cameras.

"Usually, the people that come and visit Fort Worth for the first time walk the streets, and they're very excited, and they look at what they see and say, 'Wow, this is fantastic.' And we're hoping this is an opportunity to introduce the city to the world," said Johnny Campbell, president and CEO of Sundance Square.

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