The San Francisco 49ers have won the bid to host the Super Bowl on it’s 50th anniversary in 2016. The decision was made by the NFL owners, who chose San Francisco over Miami. The city of Miami was recently denied 350 million dollars in stadium improvements by the state legislature which greatly diminished their chances.
The 49ers, on the other hand, are set to move into their new 1.2 billion dollar stadium in 2014. Levi’s Stadium, which began construction in April of 2012, was the center piece of the 49ers’ bid to host the game. The Stadium’s construction is nearly half way done as all of steel work is complete. The venue, which was planned to hold 68,500 people, is being built to accommodate additional seating up to 75,000. The NFL requires stadiums to have a capacity of 70,000 or greater in order to host the Super Bowl. The league was provided with a map that included the added seats.
The NFL owners have shown a tendency to select new stadiums as the venue for the Super Bowl. This year’s game will take place at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey. Recent games have also taken place at newer stadiums in Indianapolis and Dallas.
Securing the Super Bowl is another step forward for the franchise that returned to prominence in 2011. The 49ers continue to take steps forward not only on the field, but as an organization.
Kudos to Jed York and the San Francisco 49ers.