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2016 bowl game secured because of tiny stadium replica

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The 2016 College Football National Championship game is coming here to Glendale, and part of the presentation that secured the bid involved an intricate model of the University of Phoenix Stadium that could be held in the hands of game commissioners.

"We had probably a week and a half to do the whole thing," said Marta Berlin, an account executive with Prisma, a printing and graphic company based in Phoenix.

Prisma was approached by bowl officials who had an idea to wow commissioners and keep the bowl in the Phoenix area. They wanted to create a 3-D replica of the football arena, complete with astro-turf that housed the proposal.

"We went from CAD drawings to the actual box," explained Tom Belanger, a manager at Prisma. Belanger said the company only had about a week to make the tiny replicas.

In the end, the commissioners decided to keep the 2016 College Football National Championship Game in Phoenix. Glendale beat out three other cities; Jacksonville, Tampa Bay and New Orleans.

"It'll be crazy," said Allyse Knowlton, a bartender at McFaddens's Restaurant, located near the stadium.

"We'll probably have a two-hour minimum wait for food. We'll be five deep at the bar. The fire marshal will make a visit to make sure we're not over capacity," she continued.

Studies done by ASU show that bowl games bring in more than $150 million to the local economy.

"These busy days [are] what carry you through months after. It's going to be crazy. It's going to be crazy," said Knowlton.

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