Much like the players on the field, Piotrowski said employees at both hotels have been in training for Super Bowl "pretty much since the season began." Having already hosted four teams during the football season, the hotel has some good experience under its belt. (The Mandalay has also hosted two teams this season.) But of course, this isn't a regular season ball game.
Surprisingly, nothing major will be changing as far as the rooms and public spaces go but the hotels will provide additional security, fulfill any special dietary plans the teams have and accommodate technology needs of an entire NFL team. Piotrowski said the Omnis are even holding a special meeting this week with technicians to make sure they have enough internet bandwidth to withstand all the action. (Um, we just hope no one is uploading videos to a foot fetish site during this time.)
As far as extra services or amenities, Cipoletti said her hotel did order some extra, extra large bathrobes and that the children of the players will be getting special kid backpacks with Super Bowl gear. "We want the kids [of the players] to have just as much fun as everyone else," she said.
But the added services that the hotel will ultimately provide comes down to what teams make the Super Bowl and what their specific requests are. However, we did learn that players will be able to order room service whenever they want. Lucky ducks.
One thing in particular both Piotrowski and Cipoletti said they are excited for are the large photo wraps that will go around the hotels' exteriors once the teams are decided. These photo wraps will include shots of the players and the AFC/NFC/NFL logos and will take up nearly most of the outside. (Don't worry, we've already requested photos for when they go up.)
Now about the hotel rooms--does one team have a better hotel than the other? Well, the digs at the Omni Forth Worth start at 369-sq.ft. and go up to 1,636 for the presidential suites with several hospitality, luxury and stately suites in between. At the Mandalay, rooms start at 449-sq.ft. and go up to 2,890-sq.ft. for the lone Presidential Suite.
Omni Fort Worth
However, according to Cipoletti, the hotel has plenty of one bedroom suites, about 25 percent of their inventory to be exact, and those start at a comfy 670-sq.ft.
We wouldn't really say one hotel has an edge over the other since the room amenities and North Texas room decor look pretty similar, plus all guests will have access to the Omni's signature free WiFi service.
But the Omni Fort Worth is close to the Super Bowl festivities that are happening in downtown Fort Worth like the live ESPN broadcasts at Sundance Square and the Taste of the NFL cooking event at the nearby convention center the day before the Super Bowl. Then again, it's not like the players are going to be doing any of that before the big day.
As for who rooms with who, the hotel has no say in that but rather the team's travel coordinator has the room assignments already planned out. Still, we're dying to find out who gets the presidential suite. The coach? The owner?
And what about that all-important bus ride to the stadium? Again, it turns out no team has an advantage here. Both hotels are equidistant from Cowboy Stadium, about 16 miles away.
Lastly, we know you're wondering if there are any rooms available and the answer is--of course not. They are completely sold-out to the teams and no, there is no way you can get in there unless you pull some crazy NFL groupie trick.
However, the Omni Forth Worth will have many of its restaurants and bars open to the public so if you're keen on catching some of the
Jets AFC champions, this may be the way to do it.
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