Drum roll. Super Bowl XLV is officially one year out.
North Texas will become the 13th region to host a Super Bowl when the game is played Feb. 6, 2011, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
Today's Colts-Saints SB XLIV, by comparison, marks the 10th time the Super Bowl has been held in South Florida. It will be played at Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins.
The matter of $$$:
North Texas Super Bowl coffers recently hit the $17 million mark.
That's just over the halfway mark, because the May 2007 winning bid came with a promise that a record $30 million would be raised.
The host committee's ambitious fund raising and sponsorship efforts have included 11 donors at the $1 million level -- also a Super Bowl record.
The previous record of two $1 million sponsors was achieved for Super Bowl XL in Detroit four years ago.
"We are confirmed now right at $17 million in underwriting," said Lively, "which is a little behind where I wanted to be -- but not by much. Given the economy, I'm OK with that."
SB XLV is a regional event, meaning that the Big Four Mayors of Fort Worth, Dallas, Arlington and Irving are all heavily involved with their cities.
The AFC team is scheduled to stay at the Omni Fort Worth, while the popular "Taste of the NFL" will be held Super Bowl eve at the Fort Worth Convention Center. The NFC team will stay at the Omni Mandalay in Irving's Las Colinas. The NFL Experience and Press Center will be at the Dallas Convention Center. The game will be in Arlington at Cowboys Stadium.