The Super Bowl that’s coming to the Bay Area in February 2016 will not be labeled as “The Big L,” after all.
The NFL on Wednesday revealed its official logos for the Super Bowl to be held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. And for one year, the NFL has decided to do away with Roman numerals.
Instead of the possible punchline-inspiring “Super Bowl L,” the game will officially be recognized as Super Bowl 50. And that’s something the loser of the championship game will certainly come to appreciate.
A year ago, the Bay Area won its bid in a vote of league owners to play host to Super Bowl 50. The Bay Area beat out South Florida and Houston. The game will be played at the 49ers’ new stadium on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016.
The NFL will return to Roman numerals for Super Bowl LI at Reliant Stadium in Houston in February 2017 at Reliant Stadium, the NFL announced.
The first Super Bowl was held in California – at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. But Roman numerals were not used until Super Bowl V, a game in which the Baltimore Colts defeated the Dallas Cowboys in January 1971.
The NFL released two Super Bowl 50 logos – one for national use and one for regional.
The regional logo features the Lombardi Trophy in front of Levi’s stadium with some of the silhouettes of some Bay Area’s iconic landmarks within the gold “50.” The logo includes: Transamerica Pyramid, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, San Francisco Ferry Building, Coit Tower, Golden Gate Bridge and redwood trees from the Muir Woods National Monument.
Super Bowl XLIX, the championship game of the upcoming season, will be held Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
NFL media service contributed to this report