Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara could host Super Bowl L (USA Today Sports Images)
NFL owners have gathered in Boston this week for their annual spring meetings. A focal point of this week's meetings will be the announcement of the host cities for Super Bowl L and Super Bowl LI, votes on which will take place on Tuesday.
Owners will choose between presentations from South Florida and the San Francisco Bay Area for the 50th Super Bowl, which will be played in February 2016.
The Bay Area is the favorite to host Super Bowl L as construction is well underway on the San Francisco 49ers' new $1.2 billion stadium in Santa Clara, located about 40 miles south of San Francisco. Completion of the new stadium, which has seating capacity of up to 75,000 and will be named Levi's Stadium once a naming rights deal is approved, is expected in time for the 2014 season.
San Francisco hosted the Super Bowl in 1985 and was tentatively awarded Super Bowl XXXIII, but could not reach a deal to finance renovations to Candlestick Park and lost the right to host the game.
Meanwhile, the current bid out of South Florida is considered a long shot to host either Super Bowl after the Florida state legislature recently defeated a bill that would have granted public money for renovations to Sun Life Stadium.
A three-quarters majority, 24 of the 32 owners, are required on the first ballot Tuesday. If neither San Francisco or Miami receives 24 votes on the first ballot, then a simple majority would win on the subsequent ballot.
The losing bid will then compete with a presentation from Houston to host Super Bowl LI in February 2017. Houston has two Super Bowls, the latest being Super XXXVIII between the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots at Reliant Stadium in 2004. If San Francisco wins the bid to host Super Bowl L, Houston is considered the heavy favorite to host the following year.
Super Bowl XLVIII will be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Feb. 2, 2014. Super Bowl XLIX will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Two Florida cities — Tampa and Miami — were finalists in bids to host Super Bowls XLVIII and XLIX.
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