ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - A brief call from the Dallas Cowboys owner started a celebration Tuesday at Arlington City Hall.
"Gather your butt up - we're going to have a Super Bowl," team owner Jerry Jones said by phone to Mayor Robert Cluck, as city officials gathered around. "We got her."
Cluck first got the news in a quick call from an official in Nashville, Tenn., where NFL owners chose Arlington over Indianapolis and the Phoenix area to host the 2011 Super Bowl.
Then Cluck quickly summoned other city leaders into a meeting room to take Jones' call. They cheered, donned baseball caps proclaiming "Arlington welcomes Super Bowl XLV" and unfurled a banner with the same message.
"We will pull out the stops for this Super Bowl bid, and I think it will be the best that anybody has ever seen," Cluck said. "As a matter of fact, that's our pledge to you, that this Super Bowl will be second to none."
Cluck said he had been confident in the North Texas group's bid and believes it was selected because of the $1 billion stadium opening in Arlington in 2009. The venue will hold up to 100,000, about 27,000 more than the losing cities' stadiums.