KC will host Super Bowl if voters approve stadium taxes

Monday, March 6, 2006

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The National Football League announced Sunday that Kansas City would host Super Bowl XLIX in 2015 if voters approve a tax to renovate Arrowhead Stadium.

Commissioner Paul Tagliabue addressed a meeting of team officials and civic leaders by speakerphone from New York. He announced late last year that Kansas City would get a Super Bowl if the renovations were made and if a rolling roof was built to make Arrowhead Stadium climate-controlled. On Sunday, he announced the owners had voted to make Kansas City the site of the Super Bowl in 2015 if the stadium is renovated.

Jackson County voters will vote on two propositions on April 4. A 3/8-cent sales tax would raise more than $500 million for renovations to Arrowhead and the Royals' Kauffman Stadium. A separate tax would raise about $200 million to build the rolling roof, which would be used for both stadiums.

"The playing of Super Bowl 49 in Kansas City will be contingent on the renovation of Arrowhead Stadium and the rolling roof, and those improvements to the stadium will become critically important down the road as the voters of Jackson County prepare to go to the polls on April 4," Tagliabue said.

-- AP

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