Arizona State University in Tempe is among 14 sites included in applications seeking to host a presidential debate in 2004.
The Commission on Presidential Debates on Thursday released the list of sites that have submitted applications. Tempe is the only applicant from the western United States.
Tempe officials said last month they would apply to host a debate at ASU inside Gammage Auditorium.
Mayor Neil Giuliano said the city, along with the support of ASU President Michael Crow and Gov. Janet Napolitano, would have to work together to raise the $750,000 required to sponsor the event should Tempe be chosen. The mayor cited Tempe’s experience in hosting major events, including a Super Bowl, Fiesta Bowl games and the annual New Year’s Eve block party.
Three sites are expected to be chosen for debates. The commission said it will conduct site surveys in the next several months and announce the final sites in November.
Other applicants include: Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn.; Case Western Reserve, Cleveland; Centre College, Danville, Ky.; Columbus, Ga, and Columbus State University; Greater Pittsburgh Convention and Visitors Bureau; National Public Radio; Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y.; University of Kansas, Lawrence; University of Miami, Miami, Fla.; University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Charlotte; University of South Carolina, Columbia; Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.; Washington University in St. Louis.