The 49ers, who announced at the ground-breaking of their Santa Clara stadium in April they would seek to host Super Bowl 50, is a finalist for the game scheduled for February 2016.The Santa Clara stadium is up against South Florida to be host of Super Bowl 50, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced Tuesday.The city whose bid fails will go up against Houston for the right to host Super Bowl 51. The 49ers' new stadium is on target for an opening in time for the 2014 season. Owners will vote on the host city during the NFL spring meeting. San Francisco would be considered the host city.Jed York, 49ers CEO, said in April that the team's Santa Clara stadium should be an attractive spot to host the Super Bowl."You look at the heart of technology being in Silicon Valley," York said. "You look at the fact this is the first stadium built for professional football in California in over 50 years. You look at the great weather that we have here and this is going to be an icon for stadiums across the world."I think it's going to be an unbelievable venue -- not just for 49ers games but for everything from Super Bowls to soccer matches to concerts and college football. It's going to be a great venue."
York tweeted the following at 3:35 Tuesday afternoon:
Would like to thank the @nfl for allowing us to bid on a Super Bowl in the NewSantaClaraStadium. Big day for San Francisco &the Bay Area Jed York (@JedYork) October 16, 2012
The 49ers also released a statement on behalf of York:
We are excited to bid for the first Super Bowl in the Bay Area since January of 1985. Nothing brings a region together like a Super Bowl. Now we have to work together to show the new stadium in Santa Clara will put on a great show.