New York among remaining bidders

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee has withdrawn its bid to host the Super Bowl in 2014, an NFL spokesman said Friday.

The remaining candidates are now New York, Miami and Tampa, Fla.

There is no basis for declaring a front-runner, the spokesman said. No presentations have been made to the ownership and no poll of the owners has been taken. League owners will award the game at their annual meeting in May.

Following the announcement, the head of the new Meadowlands Stadium said Arizona's decision doesn't necessarily make the future home of the Giants and Jets the favorite to land the Super Bowl.

Mark Lamping said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Friday night that The New Meadowlands Stadium Companies is concentrating solely on presenting a compelling bid to the league by the April 1 deadline.

The Jets and Giants will start play in their new 82,500-seat, $1.6 billion stadium this season.

The NFL gave the Jets and Giants the right to bid on the Super Bowl despite the traditional requirement that host regions have a minimum temperature of 50 degrees or stadiums with domes or retractable roofs. In effect, it set up the possibility of the first cold-weather Super Bowl.

The committee gave approval with the understanding that the bid represents a unique opportunity to celebrate the new stadium and the great heritage of the NFL in the New York region.

Dallas hosts the Super Bowl in 2011, Indianapolis in 2012 and New Orleans in 2013.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.