In 2016, the Super Bowl will reach its milestone 50th year, and it is never too early to start planning. The location for the game is an important decision that is made years in advance. And while the impact on the host city is debatable, it doesn’t stop cities from clamoring for the title. Several cities made their bids this year, but NFL owners recently narrowed down their choices to the Miami area and the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Sun Life Stadium in Miami has hosted five Super Bowls since its opening in 1987, and the most recent one was in 2010. It will also play host to the 2013 BCS National Championship.
The 49ers are building a new $1.2 billion stadium in Santa Clara, California, which is slated to be open in time for the 2014 regular season. However, the Bay Area has not hosted a Super Bowl since 1985.
Commissioner Roger Goodell has said that this historic Super Bowl’s location should reflect the game’s history and tradition, which could bode well for Miami. However, playing in the new 49ers stadium could be equally as enticing since Detroit, Indianapolis, and Dallas broke the Florida-New Orleans-Southern California rotation with their new stadiums.
The NFL owners are supposed to choose a location next spring. The city that isn’t chosen will go up against Houston as a finalist to host the 2017 Super Bowl.