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Super Bowl 2015 will be in Phoenix not Tampa

By Barbara Ann Kelley, CBSTampa.com
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TAMPA, Fla. (CBS Tampa)  Ten weeks ago Tampa Bay made an impressive bid for the 2015 Super Bowl. Tampa was one of only two choices for the 2012 Superb Bowl to be held the other was at the University of Phoenix in Glendale, Arizona.

Tuesday afternoon it was announced that Phoenix was the NFL owners city of choice to host the 2015 Super Bowl. Tampa Bay lost out to city with over 300 days of sunshine and a new stadium with a retractable roof.

Due to the fact that the next two out of three Super Bowl locations with be in cold weather territory,  NFL owners narrowed their 2015 choices to either Tampa Bay or Arizona.  Both these cities are known for their mild weather in February. Unfortunately the retractable stadium roof and endless supply of sunshine in Arizona won out over Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium and our beautiful beaches.

The next five years schedule of Super Bowl’s were finalized today with the Phoenix announcement. It will be Indianapolis in 2012, New Orleans in 2013, New York in 2014, and Glendale,  Arizona in 2015. In 2016 Super Bowl 50 will most likely be played in Los Angeles, home of Super Bowl 1.

Arizona has been host to a Super Bowl two other times, once in 1996 and then again in 2008.

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