A summer's worth of optimism may come to fruition for Arizona as the NFL will decide who will host the 2015 Super Bowl on Tuesday, with Tampa as the other option.
The league's 32 owners will decide who gets the nod to host the biggest sporting event of any year and Arizona has a track record and background that makes it a strong candidate, including hosting the classic upset of the Patriots by the NY Giants during Super Bowl XLII in 2008.
Last time Tampa hosted the Super Bowl, the Cardinals made their Super Bowl debut in close loss to the Steelers.
"I feel very good about our chances with the Super Bowl," said Arizona Cardinals' president Michael Bidwill during a training camp practice this past summer. "It's just us and Tampa/Orlando region."
Arizona has proven to be a prime destination to host major sporting events. Aside from the Super Bowl in ‘08', this past year saw the BCS championship game and the MLB All-Star game both make successful trips through Arizona.
The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee makes their decision based on a checklist of items that include securing hotel rooms, corporate sponsors, event venues, among others.
At least Arizona knows that that's a test it's already proven well capable of passing.