San Francisco, Houston get Super Bowl bids: Who’s next for 2018?

Cortland Lee

The NFL has officially announced sites for Super Bowl 50 in 2016 and Super Bowl 51 in 2017. Super Bowl 50 will be held in San Francisco’s (or Santa Clara’s) Levi Stadium and Super Bowl 51 will be held at Houston’s Reliant Stadium. The city of Miami, FL, who has hosted 10 Super Bowls, was due for a bid but has been unable to secure financing for much needed stadium improvements. There are two huge characteristics the NFL likes in Super Bowl host sites: climate and facilities.

San Francisco averages high temperatures are around 60 degrees in February, and the city is building a new $1.2 billion, 1,850,000 square foot facility in Santa Clara. Houston averages highs are 65 degrees and they are expecting to add renovations to Reliant Stadium such as a digital scoreboard and video display that will top Jerry Jones’s Texas Stadium.

So here is our Super Bowl schedule:

Super Bowl XLVIII

Date: Feb. 2nd, 2014

New Meadowlands Stadium

Rutherford, NY.

Super Bowl XLIX

Date: Feb. 1st, 2015

University of Phoenix Stadium

Glendale, Az.

Super Bowl L

Levi’s Stadium

Santa Clara, CA

Super Bowl LI

Reliant Stadium

Houston, TX

Here are some of my ideas for 2018:

Indianapolis, IN (Lucas Oil Stadium)

This is a no brainer due the amount of success the city of Indianapolis had in 2012. Lucas Oil Stadium is a state of the art facility and the city is less than a day’s drive for more than half the continental U.S. Fans loved Indy’s convenient downtown setup and attractions including NFL Village and NFL Experience.

Minneapolis, MN (Metrodome Next)

After success in Indy, depending on how smoothly the Super Bowl in the Meadowlands runs, cold weather cities could begin to bid. The $975 million “Metrodome Next” could be attractive to the NFL Events Committee’s eye. Minneapolis last hosted the Super Bowl in 1992 at the Metrodome. The city has changed a lot since then with the addition of new hotels and shopping centers to the area.

Miami, FL (Sun Life Stadium)

Multibillionaire Dolphins owner Stephen Ross isn’t going down without a fight. He will eventually get his help from the city to upgrade Sun Life Stadium, and when those renovations get done, Miami will be back in the bidding. The city of Miami has hosted 10 Super Bowls, tied with New Orleans for the most of any city.

 

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