49ers the frontrunners to host Super Bowl L?
The bid to bring Super Bowl 50 to the Bay Area might have been locked up Friday, but there was no celebration.
"Nothing changes," 49ers CEO Jed York stated via text message Saturday.
The 49ers' $1.2 billion Santa Clara stadium, scheduled to open in time for the 2014 season, is a finalist along with Miami to play host to the Super Bowl in February 2016.
The NFL told Miami it must renovate Sun Life Stadium to have any chances of hosting a Super Bowl. But Florida lawmakers on Friday ended a legislative session without approving a plan to provide taxpayer money for a proposed $350 million in stadium upgrades.
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A referendum vote scheduled for May 14 was abruptly called off and more than 60,000 ballots cast early and by mail will be thrown out, the Miami Herald reported.
Without the stadium renovations, Miami has virtually no chance to win another Super Bowl. But the 49ers and the cities of Santa Clara and San Francisco are taking no chances.
NFL owners will hear presentations from the bid committee in Boston on May 21 before a vote. The loser for Super Bowl 50 will compete with Houston for the right to host Super Bowl 51 in 2017.
Last month, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced Steve Young and George Seifert have joined the effort to bring Super Bowl 50 to the Bay Area.
The Bay Area has hosted the Super Bowl only once. In January 1985, the 49ers defeated the Miami Dolphins 38-16 at Stanford Stadium.