In news that will surprise no one, the heavily-anticipated 50th Super Bowl was awarded to the Bay Area by NFL owners at the league's annual meetings in Boston on Tuesday.
Super Bowl L will be held at the newly-christened Levi's Stadium, scheduled to open in 2014 at a price tag of $1.2 billion. Located in Santa Clara, the game will be the Bay Area's first Super Bowl since Stanford Stadium hosted Super Bowl XIX in 1985, a 38-16 San Francisco win over Miami. Super Bowl L is tentatively set for Feb. 7, 2016.
“The Bay Area has been waiting for a (title) game since 1985. We have a stadium now … we are just thrilled and couldn’t be happier about this,” said Daniel Lurie, a leader of the San Francisco bid, told the Associated Press.
“We are going to get to highlight the best the Bay Area has to offer.”
Speaking of Miami, the South Florida area lost bids for both Super Bowl L and Super Bowl LI on Tuesday. The 51st Super Bowl was instead awarded to Reliant Stadium in Houston. It will be the third Super Bowl for Houston and second in Reliant Stadium. The venue previously hosted New England's 32-29 win over Carolina in Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004. Super Bowl LI is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 5, 2017.
This season's big game, Super Bowl XLVIII, will be held Feb. 2, 2014, at MetLife Stadium, in the New York metropolitan area's first shot at hosting the Super Bowl. The following season will conclude with Super Bowl XLIX (tentatively set for Feb. 1, 2015) at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. It will mark the greater Phoenix area's third Super Bowl and first since the New York Giants' 17-14 stunner over New England in Super Bowl XLII in 2008.