Arizona will host Super Bowl XLIX in 2015

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

Update:  NFL officials announced Tuesday that Super Bowl XLIX will be held at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.


PHOENIX – We should know Tuesday if Arizona will be hosting the 2015 Super Bowl.

The NFL owners are deciding between Arizona and Tampa Bay.

Arizona was notified that it was a finalist back in April and submitted its bid to host the big game in August.

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

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

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

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee is positioning Arizona as an ideal sports destination with great winter weather, an incredible venue in University of Phoenix Stadium, and plenty of hotels and resorts.

Hosting the 2015 Super Bowl would be a boon to the state as it struggles to recover in a still-shaky economy.

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