Friday, May 23, 2014

Missouri lawmakers want National Football League to put a future Super Bowl in Kansas City

Posted By on Fri, May 23, 2014 at 7:35 AM

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Jackson County officials tried to sell voters in 2007 on the idea that approving a tax hike to build a rolling roof above Arrowhead Stadium could bring a Super Bowl to Kansas City.

Voters approved major renovations of Arrowhead and Kauffman Stadium, but the roof idea was too rich for their blood. The decision was a wise one; the National Football League awarded a Super Bowl to New Jersey, an outdoor stadium in which the game was played on a chilly February night earlier this year. The NFL also recently awarded the 2018 Super Bowl to Minneapolis, where the city is building a new outdoor indoor stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.

Previously, the NFL favored warm climates for its championship game. Short of that, a domed stadium was required to avoid weather complicating the league's biggest showcase.

Now with neither of those requirements standing in the way of cold-weather cities, Kansas City, Missouri, lawmakers want to attract the big game to Arrowhead Stadium.

The Missouri Senate and House last week approved a joint resolution telling the Missouri Department of Economic Development to figure out what it would take to get the Super Bowl to Kansas City. The measure was introduced by Independence Sen. Paul LeVota and was handled in the House by Independence Rep. Noel Torpley. 

Torpey says the city hosting the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2012 and its ongoing pursuit of the 2016 Republican National Convention is a sign that the city could land a Super Bowl.

"I'm confident we can handle a Super Bowl," Torpey told The Pitch on Thursday.

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