- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The Super Bowl host committee chair is calling January the biggest month in Arizona history as data from the department of revenue show double-digit boosts in sales tax revenue for Phoenix, Scottsdale and Glendale.

The Arizona Republic reports (https://bit.ly/1dSdrNM) January year-over-year sales tax data generally show which industries saw an uptick in the weeks surrounding the Super Bowl. Downtown Phoenix restaurants and bars saw a 29 percent increase, and Scottsdale hotels saw a 51 percent increase.

Retail at Glendale’s Westgate Entertainment District went up by 10 percent.

Committee president and CEO Jay Parry says an ASU study should be released in June showing how much visitors spent and what the overall economic impact is.

Parry’s committee estimates a million visitors went to Super Bowl Central, half a million attended Scottsdale’s ESPN fan festival, and 100,000 tailgated, attended restaurants or went to the game in Glendale.

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

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