San Francisco To Host 50th Super Bowl, Houston 51st
The 50th Super Bowl will be held in San Francisco, and the 51st NFL championship game in 2017 will take place in Houston, reported The New York Times.
On Tuesday, team owners sat down to a vote to determine which teams would host the L and LI Super Bowl matchups. They ultimately decided to go with the new 49ers stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., that will be completed sometime before the league’s 2014 season. The 49ers haven’t hosted the NFL championship game since 1985, when the game was held at Stanford University’s stadium
"After losing a Super Bowl [to the Baltimore Ravens], it feels really good to win a Super Bowl," San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York quipped, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Reliant Stadium, home of the Houston Texans, was granted the 51st Super Bowl Game. The Super Bowl was last in Houston in 2004.
"I can't tell you how excited I am for Houston in being selected as the site for the 2017 Super Bowl," Texans owner Bob McNair said in a statement. "This is a worldwide stage that will be constructed in Houston and the world will be watching. It's an opportunity to showcase our wonderful city, the NFL and the Super Bowl all at the same time."
It was long-rumored that the NFL would look to host the 50th Super Bowl in Los Angeles, the city that held the first NFL championship game. However, due to the lack of a franchise in the area, or even a suitable venue situation, the league and nostalgic fans had to give up the idea.
Next year, the Super Bowl is being held at the MetLife Stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands. It’s the first time that the game is being played outside in a cold-weather environment. If the sporting event is successful, it’s likely that the franchises in Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago and Denver will bid for the game in the future, reported ESPN.
Phoenix, home of the Arizona Cardinals, will host the 2015 game.