In an announcement that may help to temporarily soften the blow of San Francisco’s loss in the big game only months ago, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced May 21 that the city has been awarded the bid to host the historic Super Bowl L in 2016. Levi’s Stadium, the team’s new football venue in Santa Clara—slated to open for the start of the 2014 season—was undoubtedly one of the deciding factors in the minds of NFL owners as they casted their votes for Super Bowl 50, helping San Fran to beat out Miami for the right to host the Super Bowl for the first time in over 30 years. The future is bright in the Bay Area, and with a young and talented nucleus, the 49ers hope to make history in 2016 by becoming the first host city team to ever represent its conference in the Super Bowl.
The owners also voted to award the bid for the 2017 Super Bowl to Houston, which also beat out Miami. Super Bowl LI will be the second championship held at Reliant Stadium, as the venue also hosted Super Bowl XXXVIII in its second year of existence in 2004. 71,525 fans attended the game, as the New England Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers 32-29, thanks to an Adam Vinatieri 41-yard field goal with only seconds remaining.
While the warm climates in San Francisco and Houston make them natural fits for Super Bowl locations, the NFL surprised many in 2010 when it announced that MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., would host the championship in 2014, making it the first cold-weather Super Bowl host city in the game’s history. The 2015 bid was less of a surprise, as the Arizona Cardinals’ home field, University of Phoenix Stadium, was chosen to host its second Super Bowl in eight years. In 2008, the stadium played host to a classic matchup of the undefeated New England Patriots and the heavy-underdog New York Giants. The Giants won, 17-14, in front of an announced crowd of 71,101.
Like the others before it, this season’s big game, Super Bowl XLVIII, is certain to provide a thrilling contest between the best that the NFC and AFC have to offer. For the chance to experience the incredible spectacle at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2, visit the Vivid Seats marketplace to purchase Super Bowl 2014 tickets today.