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State senator introduces bills to bring Super Bowl to KC, rename bridge for Len Dawson

Updated: 2014-02-19T19:52:36Z

By JASON HANCOCK

The Star's Jefferson City Correspondent

— A state senator from Independence wants to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Arrowhead Stadium with a Super Bowl.

Sen. Paul LeVota has introduced a non-binding resolution urging the NFL to name Kansas City as host of an upcoming Super Bowl and for the Missouri Department of Economic Development to establish a task force to see what steps are needed to make that happen.

While LeVota would be pleased with any Super Bowl, he thinks 2022 — 50 years after Arrowhead was constructed — would be a good choice.

“NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said he’s open to hosting Super Bowls in cold-weather cities,” LeVota said. “I think we’ve proven with our success hosting the major-league All-Star Game that the city is ready.”

Kauffman Stadium held the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., held the MLS All-Star Game last year.

Also, LeVota is also sponsoring a separate bill that aims to designates the bridge on East Stadium Drive over Interstate 435 in Jackson County as the “Len Dawson Bridge” to honor the former Chiefs quarterback, who helped lead the franchise to its only Super Bowl victory in 1970.

“He’s a guy that’s such a mainstay in our community,” LeVota said, “it makes sense to honor Len Dawson.”

To reach Jason Hancock, call 573-634-3565 or send email to jhancock@kcstar.com.

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