Phoenix area awarded 2015 Super Bowl

(Reuters) - The 2015 Super Bowl will be played in suburban Phoenix, Arizona, National Football League (NFL) owners decided on Tuesday.

The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, where the NFL's Arizona Cardinals play their home games, will host the championship game, owners said at a meeting in Houston.

Two previous Super Bowls have been played in the Phoenix area, most recently in 2008 when the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots in Glendale. Tempe hosted the game in 1996 when the Dallas Cowboys beat the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Arizona's bid to host the biggest annual sporting event in North America topped one from the Tampa, Florida, area.

Indianapolis will host the Super Bowl in 2012, followed by New Orleans in 2013 and the New York/New Jersey areas in 2014.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Frank Pingue)