Although the San Francisco Bay Area was deemed the favorite to be awarded Super Bowl 50, there were rumblings that Miami could pull an upset.
That will not be the case as today, the NFL awarded the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50, also known as Super Bowl L.
Tech giants in the surrounding area put big money into the bid and with the 49ers $1.2 billion dollar state of the art stadium set to open in just a year, it was an obvious choice for NFL owners.
Santa Clara’s mayor and City Council were watching live coverage of the NFL’s decision in City Council chambers at City Hall, city spokesman Dan Beerman said.
“Everyone’s excited,” Beerman said.
San Francisco city officials were also anxiously awaiting the decision.
“We’re on the five-yard line and ready to go,” Mayor Ed Lee said Monday.
Jed York, the 49ers’ CEO, gave his team’s 15-minute presentation and representatives of the Miami organization delivered theirs at the Boston meeting.
The 49ers new stadium will still be in its infancy when Super Bowl 50 makes its way to the Bay Area in 2016 as Levi’s Stadium is set to open for the 2014 season.
It will mark the first time in 13 years that the Super Bowl will be played in California (last time was 2003 in San Diego), home to the first ever Super Bowl.
Houston, Texas, was awarded Super Bowl 51, or Super Bowl LI.