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Super Bowl Cities: Which Is Better to Visit?

Carol Sottili

Let's choose a Super Bowl winner based on whether we'd rather travel to Pittsburgh or to Glendale, Ariz.

Pittsburgh is a lot more intellectual than its stereotypical rep as a gritty, working-class city. The new August Wilson Center for African American Culture is set to open this spring. The city boasts several other fine museums and attractions, including the Carnegie Science Center, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the National Aviary. It's also got its funky side, offering the Andy Warhol Museum and the Mattress Factory, a museum of contemporary art.

Pittsburgh has real neighborhoods, including the Strip District, with its restaurants and shops; Oakland, the city's academic and cultural center; and the family-friendly North Shore.

Glendale, home of the University of Phoenix Stadium where the Arizona Cardinals play, is cut from a different cloth. Just nine miles northwest of Phoeniz, the incorporated city is know as Arizona's Antique Capital. It's a sporty place that will soon open the new Camelback Ranch spring training facility, where the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox will play. Its museums include Max's Sports Bar Museum and the Bead Museum. Glendale has a sweet tooth. Tours of the Cerreta Candy Company are popular. And Feb. 6, the Festival of Chocolate and Romance comes to town.

Weather may be a factor in our decision. It's 25 degrees and snowing in Pittsburgh, while it's 61 and sunny in Glendale. But come June, the average high temp in Pittsburgh will be 79, while it'll be 103 in Glendale.

Tough choice, right? Not for me. It's Pittsburgh all the way (31-14), but not because I'd rather be there than Glendale. Way back in 1972, I sat down to watch a football game for the first time. It just happened to be the Immaculate Reception game - perhaps the greatest football game of all time -- when Terry Bradshaw and Franco Harris hooked up for a most improbable victory. I've liked the Steelers ever since. Plus, I've always been partial to Warhol.


By Carol Sottili |  January 29, 2009; 7:45 AM ET  | Category:  Carol Sottili
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I'll pick sunny and dry any day, but apparently that's not the popular opinion...

Posted by: oceanchild | January 29, 2009 9:29 AM

I went to college in Pittsburgh. It's a wonderful city full of great neighborhoods, funny people, fascinating museums and a spirit that just won't let go. Pittsburgh all the way!

Posted by: elyrest | January 29, 2009 11:20 AM

Lets see which is better 100 degrees and no humidity or 80 degrees and a 70%-90% humidity?

I would take the 100 hands down.

From Glendale its about 3 or so hours from the grand canyon and about 2 hours from Sedona...two nice places.

What is near pittsbugh ...aplace where you can get M-80s and blow your hand and leg off.

Posted by: djp98374 | January 29, 2009 5:46 PM

Pittsburgh also has a great Theater District: Heinze Hall the home of the great Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. As well as 3 other theaters. The last time the Steelers were in the Superbowl, I was in town, for a concert. Great time in one of the local bars catching the end of the game after the concert!!!

Posted by: rja112 | January 29, 2009 8:26 PM

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