Super Bowl L will be held in San Francisco—or actually Santa Clara—in 2016.
National media has referred to “San Francisco” in reporting the selection, but the National Football League championship game will actually take place in Santa Clara, where the 49ers are planning to be playing by next year.
Only once has the Bay Area hosted a Super Bowl, in 1985 at Stanford Stadium, where the 49ers beat the Dolphins 38-16.
“I think with the new stadium … we can host a Super Bowl there,” Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice told The Associated Press. “It’s going to be awesome … To stay competitive in the NFL, this is something we have really needed for a long, long time, and I think it’s going to be awesome.”
From the NFL.com:
The news helps cap a thrilling four-year run for the 49ers franchise. In 2010, Santa Clara voters approved plans for the stadium. Jim Harbaugh took over the reigns of the team in 2011, swiftly bringing them back to the top of the league. Ground breaking began on the stadium in 2012, with Levi’s officially coming on board this month for naming rights ….
South Florida was a severe underdog to win the rights to host Super Bowl L after the region failed to secure public funding for stadium upgrades.
South Florida also lost the right to host Super Bowl LI to Houston.
From the San Jose Mercury News:
The Super Bowl is expected to bring hundreds of millions of dollars of economic activity to the region and unprecedented attention to Santa Clara, which has a population of 118,000 and will host a game expected to draw more than 100 million television viewers. Dozens of pre-game events will be scattered around the Bay Area, with San Francisco hosting a bulk of the celebrations during the week leading up the game, as the NFL expects its golden anniversary Super Bowl to be its biggest ever.
The event will enable the Bay Area to highlight its technological prowess and environmental consciousness, the 49ers said.
The 49ers future home will be the first professional football stadium to open with LEED certification, the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. The stadium’s infrastructure will also allow fans to enhance their in-game experience with personal devices (cell phones and tablets) and with an in-game mobile application currently in development by the team’s technology department.
In addition, Super Bowl L will benefit from the stadium’s sustainable vision. Home games at the stadium will be net zero to the power grid from the energy collected throughout the year. A green roof and solar energy design elements will also be the first of its kind in a Super Bowl.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) May 21, 2013
— Florence Ion (@Ohthatflo) May 21, 2013
RT @kqednews: BREAKING: San Francisco awarded Super Bowl L in 2016 // BREAKING: I will be leaving the SF Bay Area that week.
— Lisa Schmeiser (@lschmeiser) May 21, 2013