Where the Super Bowl will celebrate a half-century of existence will be decided Tuesday by NFL owners.
They have two choices for the 50th anniversary game in 2016: the Bay Area and South Florida.
But after Miami was unable to secure public financing to renovate Sun Life Stadium earlier this month, San Francisco appears to be the front-runner as committees will make presentations at the NFL spring meetings in Boston.
The 49ers’ new Levi’s Stadium is being built and is scheduled to open for the 2014 season. With the NFL showing a penchant for bringing is championship game to new venues — Dallas and Indianapolis very recently, New Jersey next February — Santa Clara would appear to have a strong chance. Only once has the Bay Area staged a Super Bowl, in 1985 at Stanford Stadium.
“I think with the new stadium ... we can host a Super Bowl there,” said 49ers Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice. “It’s going to be awesome. So I realize there’s a lot of history at Candlestick. To stay competitive in the NFL, this is something we have really needed for a long, long time, and I think it’s going to be awesome.”
NFL.com reported Monday that San Francisco’s presentation will emphasize the technological innovation of the new stadium, including it being the first ticketless and cashless building in the league and fans will be able to control their stadium experience with their smartphones.
“It’s not a question of whether people wanted to come here in the past,” head of the Bay Area’s Super Bowl bid committee Daniel Lurie told CSNBayArea.com. “It’s the fact that we were missing one key thing, and that’s a place to play the greatest game. And we have that now.”
The Bay Area committee will also look to convince the committee that: the financial windfall of the Super Bowl will put money back into the community; the Bay Area as a region will benefit from having the game; and, will provide various transportation systems to get people to the stadium and throughout the Bay Area.
Whoever loses out on the 2016 Super Bowl will compete with Houston to host the 2017 Super Bowl.