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New 49ers Stadium in Santa Clara Finalist for Super Bowl 50: Fan’s Take

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The San Francisco 49ers new stadium in Santa Clara is on target to be ready for the 2014 season. While the team has aspirations of making it to the Super Bowl for the first time since Super Bowl 29, the franchise's new city is hoping to host an upcoming Super Bowl in a future date.

On Tuesday, NFL owners named the 49ers' new Santa Clara stadium as a finalist to host either Super Bowl L in 2016 or Super Bowl LI in 2017. On Monday, the Super Bowl Advisory Committee picked a list of contenders for hosting duties. The next day, they finalized the list for both games to three candidates. The owners would pick the locations for Super Bowls 50 and 51 in May 2013.

The host of Super Bowl 50 is between the new Santa Clara stadium and Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. The stadium that is not selected for Super Bowl 50 will then be pitted against Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas for Super Bowl 51 hosting duties. Miami last hosted Super Bowl 44 in 2010, where the New Orleans Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts, and Houston last hosted Super Bowl 38 in 2004 between the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers.

When picking past Super Bowl sites, considerations include stadium capacity, a city's ability to host the big event, and weather. The new stadium will hold 68,500 seats but can expand to 75,000 seats, meeting the NFL's requirement of at least 70,000 seats for a Super Bowl. While Santa Clara is different than other Super Bowl host cities like Detroit, New Orleans and Atlanta, the appeal of a large regional reach including San Francisco and San Jose could be a positive for the team's bid. Aside from the upcoming 2014 Super Bowl in New Jersey and games held in domed stadiums, the Super Bowl is typically held in warm-weather cities like Jacksonville and San Diego, which would not be a big concern for the 49ers' new stadium.

For football fans in California, and more specifically the Bay Area, a Super Bowl in the Bay Area would certainly be a welcomed major event. With a brand-new stadium coming, the Bay Area could host its first Super Bowl since Stanford Stadium hosted Super Bowl XIX in 1985. With the unique offerings available with the new Santa Clara stadium, the Bay Area could be hosting its first Super Bowl in over 30 years.

Upcoming Super Bowl sites

2013: Super Bowl XLVII at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana

2014: Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey

2015: Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona

2016: Super Bowl L at either Santa Clara stadium or Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida

2017: Super Bowl LI at either Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas or the loser between Santa Clara/Miami bid

Sources:

NFL picks Santa Clara as finalist for 2017 Super Bowl, Bay Area News Group

Nifty 50? Bay Area, 49ers finalists to host Super Bowl L, The Sacramento Bee

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Austin Chang is a lifelong football fan, San Francisco 49ers supporter, and a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.

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