Super Bowl L - Host Selection Process

Host Selection Process

In early 2012, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated that the league planned to make the 50th Super Bowl "spectacular" and that it would be "an important game for us as a league".

Even though the Los Angeles area currently lacks an NFL franchise, Goodell said in 2009 that Super Bowl L could be held there to mark the fiftieth Super Bowl and to commemorate Super Bowl I, which was held at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum At the time, there were two proposed stadiums that could have hosted the game: Farmers Field in Downtown Los Angeles (L.A. Live) and Los Angeles Stadium in City of Industry, California. However, neither were built by the time the league announced the finalists for the host cities. The Rose Bowl in Pasadena or the aforementioned L.A. Coliseum were also discussed as possible host stadiums in the area.. The Rose Bowl, despite never having hosted an NFL team, has hosted the Super Bowl five times between 1977 and 1993. The NFL has not had a franchise in the city since the 1994 season and has not had a Super Bowl played in the metropolitan area since 1993.

Besides the Los Angeles area, other sites included in early discussions or submitted bids included:

  • Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
  • Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
  • Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, the new home for the San Francisco 49ers scheduled to open in 2014.
  • Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
  • CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.

The league eventually narrowed the bids to three sites: New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Florida's Sun Life Stadium, and California's Levi's Stadium.

The league then announced on October 16, 2012 that the two finalists were Sun Life Stadium and Levi's Stadium. The South Florida/Miami area has previously hosted the event 10 times (tied for most with New Orleans,) with the most recent one being Super Bowl XLIV in 2010. The San Francisco Bay Area last hosted in 1985, (Super Bowl XIX) held at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto. The Miami bid depended on whether the stadium underwent renovations. However, on May 3, the Florida legislature refused to approve the funding plan to pay for the renovations, dealing a blow to Miami's chances.

The host of Super Bowl L is expected to be announced on May 22. The losing stadium will then be immediately placed into contention for Super Bowl LI, to compete with Reliant Stadium in Houston.

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