Tampa beat out some stiff competition and was awarded the 2009 Super Bowl on Wednesday.
That announcement, which was made after the 32 National Football League team owners voted from Washington D.C., marks the fourth time Tampa will host a Super Bowl, with the last one taking place in 2001 for Super Bowl XXXV.
“We are so excited and so happy that the NFL has awarded the Super Bowl to Tampa,” said Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner/president Malcolm Glazer. “We know that we have a beautiful community in Tampa, and what wonderful people we have there.”
Tampa beat out finalists Atlanta, Houston and Miami to have Raymond James Stadium play host to Super Bowl XLIII after the Glazers, Tampa mayor Pam Iorio and several members of the community put on what was considered a strong presentation.
“The voting process is a few ballots and we were nervous,” said Bucs executive vice president Bryan Glazer. “We left everything on the table. The community put an amazing bid together that could not be beat. We worked behind the scenes to talk to the owners, and they were all very impressed with the bid package. You are just sweating it out.”
NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said Wednesday that the Glazer family’s reputation as owners also helped Tampa secure the ’09 Super Bowl.
“I think it is the fact that the Glazers are tremendous team players within the league,” Tagliabue said when asked why he thought Tampa was selected. “Since they took ownership of the team, they have made it into a model franchise. They won the Super Bowl. They have been part of the community partnership presenting the last, great Super Bowl in Tampa. I think the community’s investment in a world-class stadium. But the friendship and the hospitality and the track record of the three prior Super Bowls in Tampa, coupled with this partnership here between the team and the community, obviously that is what did it. Those are the critical components.”
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