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Super Bowl 2015 was supposed to be in Kansas City

The NFL had awarded the Chiefs the 2015 Super Bowl before the rolling roof initiative did not pass.

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It was almost 10 years ago when the Kansas City Chiefs were awarded Super Bowl 49. Instead the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will play the game in Glendale at the home of the Arizona Cardinals.

Nearly 10 years ago, the NFL awarded Kansas City the 2015 Super Bowl as a nod to Lamar Hunt, who later passed away in December 2006.

The Kansas City Super Bowl was contingent on passing two taxes -- one for improvements to the Chiefs' Arrowhead Stadium and the Royals' Kauffman Stadium, which was next door. The first one to fund stadium improvements passed. The second one, which was to put a rolling roof between the two stadiums, did not pass.

And so the Chiefs did not get the Super Bowl.

The rolling roof idea ties into the cold weather Super Bowl. New York got the first non-domed, cold weather Super Bowl last season (they missed the snowstorm by one year). Kansas City would have been the second if not for the failed plan to put the rolling roof between the stadiums.

I don't know how many hotel rooms Kansas City has vs. how much they need or how Kansas City's transportation stands up to other cities. So I can't tell you if Kansas City would have been a successful Super Bowl city. But it would have been fun to find out.

The Super Bowl dream isn't quite dead. There is a group trying to bring one to Kansas City. The Chiefs are playing a home game in London next year, which is part of the deal if a city wants to host a Super Bowl moving forward. But Chiefs president Mark Donovan said the London game is "not directly related" to hosting a Super Bowl.

"If Kansas City gets a Super Bowl," Donovan said in November, "it will be more about that building (Arrowhead) and this environment rather than the Chiefs playing in London."

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