North Texas shares in Super Bowl events



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Posted on May 12, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 19 at 5:00 PM

Super Bowl XLV

Joe Trahan reports

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ARLINGTON - The North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Commitee on Tuesday unveiled its initial list of major events associated with the big game on February 6, 2011.

While the game itself is set for the new Cowboys stadium in Arlington, Dallas will host many of the ancillary events, including the interactive NFL Experience at the Dallas Convention Center.

Also in Dallas, the Hilton Anatole on Stemmons Freeway will serve as the NFL headquarters hotel and the downtown Sheraton Dallas hotel will be nerve center for members of the media from around the world.

Emphasizing the regional nature of Super Bowl activities, some 50 mayors from all across North Texas joined the Host Committee launch event at the Sheraton Arlington hotel.

"We're going to do everything we can to satisfy personal agendas," said Host Committee chairman and former Cowboys star Roger Staubach. "But the big agenda of doing the right thing to make this a tremendous economic benefit to this region and a great Super Bowl is our goal, and we're off to a good start with this kind of support that we have."

The team representing the NFC at Super Bowl XLV will have its headquarters at the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Irving; the AFC champs will be staying at the new Omni Fort Worth hotel downtown.

Fan parties are scheduled for Dallas Fair Park (NFC) and downtown Fort Worth (AFC) for the day before the big game.

The Taste of the NFL will celebrate its 20th anniversary at the Fort Worth Convention Center. The event pairs famous chefs from around the country with representatives from each of the 32 NFL teams.

Among the first area Super Bowl XLV events will be a series of Kick-Off Concerts next year at Bass Hall in Fort Worth on March 6 and at the new Winspear Opera House in Dallas on May 22. A "grand finale" concert will take place at the new Cowboys stadium in Arlington on Sept. 10, 2010.

Super Bowl XLV is now just 634 days away - and counting.