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Posted: Monday, October 10, 2011 6:34 am | Updated: 3:07 pm, Mon Oct 10, 2011.

(AP) — The 2015 Super Bowl is on the line, and Arizona is dueling with Tampa, Fla., for the right to host the big game,

The Arizona Republic ( ) reports NFL owners are expected to make their decision Tuesday.

Tampa has experience hosting four Super Bowls to Arizona's two — Tempe in 1996 and Glendale in 2008.

Arizona is pushing the basics of a good Super Bowl host city: warm winter weather, top-of-the-line stadium and ample hotels and resorts.

Its successful staging of the Super Bowl in 2008 puts it firmly in the running.

"It gets very subjective because it's an owners decision. It comes down to, what do 32 guys think?" said Chuck Day, an adjunct professor at the University of North Florida and co-author of the book "The Making of the Super Bowl."

"To me, it would be Arizona's to lose," he said.

Giving it to Glendale, the site of University of Phoenix Stadium, would mean a big boost of optimism as Arizona tries to navigate past political strife over immigration that has kept the state in the headlines the past several years.

Travelers elsewhere in the country aren't going to remember the immigration controversy, predicted Dwayne Flinchum, president of New York City-based branding company Iridium Group.

"When it's the dead of winter in the rest of the country, Arizona's a pretty desirable place to go," he said. "That's the first thing you think: resorts, warm weather."

The choice between Arizona and the Sunshine State of Florida to host the 2015 game likely depends on logistics, track record of past Super Bowls and the host committees' lobbying efforts.

"They're looking for the total experience," Day said of the NFL. "The whole thing boils down to the overall strength of what can you offer."

NFL owners are gathered in Houston to hear the pitches.

Attorney Mike Kennedy, chairman of the Arizona Super Bowl delegation, will have 15 minutes and a promotional video to sell the owners.

If Arizona has an advantage, it might be that NFL owners may want to return to the West since Super Bowls over the next three years will take place in Indianapolis, New Orleans and East Rutherford, N.J.

Other advantages of the Phoenix area include hotel rooms, resorts and golf courses, said Simon Foster of Texas-based travel agency On Point Events, which organizes Super Bowl trips for fans each year.

Foster added that traveling to Phoenix in 2008 was easier because Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport offers more flights than Tampa's airport.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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