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GLENDALE, Ariz. - The City of Glendale is thrilled to host the Super Bowl, just 262 days away.

But while the city prides itself on its expertise of handling big events and helping the entire state prosper, it doesn't like getting stuck with the bill.

Banners are going up in downtown Glendale, "Super City, Super Game".

At the Hop Stop Diner in the city's historic downtown district, there are high hopes the Super Bowl will bring a surge in business.

"I am hoping it will help us a little bit more than the last Super Bowl that was here, I feel like Scottsdale got most of the revenue from that. I am hoping it will bring more people down here to downtown Glendale and help us revive this part a little bit more," said Ariel Andrews.

All eyes are on Glendale when the Super Bowl comes, but shouldering the expense is tough when visiting fans will spend so much money in other parts of the valley.

As it stands the Mayor of Glendale says it will cost about $4 million to provide public safety services for the big game, money that the city is not likely to get back.

"The issue is if we do not get some of the monies figured out, how we will pay for some of these events in the future, we may not be hosting them, it is not an empty threat, it is a fact that I cannot ask my residents to do without and put off and push things down the road," said Mayor Jerry Weiers.

Glendale pledges it will do a first-rate job hosting the game but since the Super Bowl boosts the entire state, the city wants more help next time.

The Arizona State Legislature killed a bill this year that would have helped Glendale pay for the public safety services connected to the Super Bowl.

The city says it won't handle big events in the future without help.

On the tourism front, Glendale will schedule its downtown chocolate festival for Super Bowl week this year, hoping to draw fans with a sweet tooth to Old Town Glendale.

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