2015 Super Bowl: Arizona takes on Tampa to host championship game

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX – Phoenix is competing with Tampa Bay, Fla. to host the 2015 Super Bowl.

The National Football League will receive Arizona’s bid Monday, which is the submission deadline.

Arizona was notified that it was a finalist in late April.

Mike Kennedy, the chairman of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, said the bid for the 2015 game is the “most solid” proposal the committee have ever put together.

Team owners will review both Arizona's and Tampa's submissions. A decision on where Super Bowl XLIX will be held is expected in October.

Tampa has hosted four Super Bowl events – 1984, 1991, 2001 and 2009.

Arizona has played host to the Super Bowl twice, first in 1996 and again in 2008.

According to a study commissioned by the host committee, Super Bowl XLII generated $500 million in revenue for Arizona.

While the city of Glendale, home to the University of Phoenix Stadium that would be the hub of the massive event, supports the bid, it does have some concerns – specifically the costs associated with the Super Bowl.

A city-commissioned study showed that Glendale spent $2.2 million more than the sales tax it collected in 2008.

NFL requirements for a Super Bowl host city are specific and relatively extensive.

Should Arizona win the 2015 Super Bowl, other cities are expected to kick in to cover some of the costs.

On the heels of the 2008 Super Bowl, which ended in a dramatic New York Giants win over the previously undefeated New England Patriots and was deemed to be a smashing success, the host committee submitted a bid for the 2012 Super Bowl. Arizona lost Super Bowl XLVI to Indianapolis.