They used this year's Fiesta Bowl as a dress rehearsal. "Our planning process, communications, the joint operations center - it was really a whole combination of things that we wanted to test out," Orose said.
Orose said a joint operations center will be especially necessary for this year's Super Bowl because of the FBR Open golf tournament and because the Super Bowl events are spread throughout the metro area.
The only comparable sporting event after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks was the 2001 World Series in Phoenix, Orose said.
That was a huge event and had a lot of media coverage, but it occurred in just one location, Orose said. "The NFL and the Super Bowl is a weeklong event with a series of activities taking place across the" Phoenix area.