The city of San Francisco will be hosting Super Bowl 50.
This is the latest development following the result of NFL owners’ votes on Tuesday, which will make the Bay Area the focus of the NFL universe in 2016 once Super Bowl Week unfolds that year. According to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, Super Bowl L (50) will be played in the San Francisco 49ers’ new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Rosenthal points out in his story that San Francisco beat out South Florida due to the latter’s stadium issues.
Sports Illustrated adds South Florida was stymied in its bid to stage an 11th Super Bowl when the Florida legislature did not support financing to renovate Sun Life Stadium.
Here is 49ers CEO Jed York’s statement as per Rosenthal via the NFL Network:
“It’s a testament to everybody in the Bay Area. The city of Santa Clara came together, obviously San Francisco stepped up for the Super Bowl; San Jose has been a big part of this, and I think you’re going to see everybody from Napa all the way to Monterey step up for this…Sports are supposed to bring people together; they bring communities together, and nothing emphasizes that more than the Bay Area hosting Super Bowl L.”
Houston, which hosted previously in 2004, won the bid for Super Bowl LI in 2017 as reported by the Sports Illustrated feature. The story also describes the jovial mood of the San Francisco group after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made the announcement. The members of the San Francisco bid committee “let out a loud roar of approval, then toasted each other with champagne.”
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross’ felt South Florida is a great venue for the Super Bowl but the stadium issue swayed the tide against their favor:
“The vote didn’t really surprise me. I had hope because it was really a great bid put together and Miami is really a great place. Like I said to the owners, ‘Where would you rather be this time of year but Miami?’ I think most people probably feel the same way. But that stadium is definitely the issue.”
Laces Out on Fox Sports points out the last time a Super Bowl was held in California was in 2003, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers blew out the Oakland Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII. In addition, Super Bowl L will be San Francisco’s first time to host the event since 1985 in the event’s 19th edition when the hometown 49ers beat the Miami Dolphins 38-16.
That same 49ers squad was the only team to have won a Super Bowl in the year its region hosted the game.
Thirty-one years later, San Francisco gets another golden opportunity to prove its worth as a Super Bowl host.