New task force hopes to score Super Bowl game at Arrowhead

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - There's a new push to bring the Super Bowl to Arrowhead Stadium.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development recently created a Super Bowl Task Force, which held its first meeting on Monday.

State Sen. Paul LeVota sponsored a resolution to form the group and together they will map out a proposal to bring the biggest sporting event in America to Kansas City, Mo.

LeVota said Arrowhead's recent $350 million renovation and the fact that the NFL is now considering cold weather cities as hosts are two advantages that give Kansas City a fighting chance.

"It's the best facility in the NFL, and it can host a Super Bowl just as good as New Jersey did last year," LeVota said.  

Nearly a decade ago, Arrowhead was considered to host the 2015 Super Bowl, but only if a retractable roof was added to the stadium. Voters rejected the tax increase, and Kansas City was essentially taken out of consideration.

LeVota said Kansas City still has its challenges. Adding hotels and figuring out transportation are two issues up for discussion.

"It would help all the restaurants, bars, and all the different things in the area. But more than that, having a big goal that our community can work together on to improve infrastructure, transportation and some amenities, I think is really valuable," LeVota said.

A Super Bowl would bring millions of dollars in sales tax revenue and would put Kansas City on the national spotlight.

The task force plans to meet again in October. The group has not yet reached out to the NFL about its plans.

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