The 49ers and the Bay Area took another step toward securing Super Bowl L today when Florida lawmakers could not work out a deal to provide taxpayer support for a $350 million upgrade of Sun Life Stadium. The Bay Area and South Florida are competing to host what is expected to be the marquee Super Bowl in recent years - the 50th game played - and the renovations are seen as key to South Florida winning the bid.
NFL owners will meet in Boston May 21 to award Super Bowls L and LI, which will be played in February 2016 and 2017 respectively. The Bay Area and South Florida are in the mix for Super Bowl L while the loser will take on Houston for the right to host Super Bowl LI.
The non-deal in Florida likely means that a referendum on the renovations scheduled for May 14 will be called off.
Meanwhile in the Bay Area, mayors from a number of area cities, including San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Clara, were on hand two months ago to check on the progress of the 49ers' new $1.2 billion stadium and to show that they are in lock step in trying to secure a Super Bowl.
Bid committee chairman Daniel Lurie would not put a figure on the economic impact to hosting aÂ Super Bowl,Â but he noted that other cities that have held the event have reported a boost of anywhere from $250 million to more than $500 million. "We don't want to over promise," Lurie said at the time. "What we see is that every city that's had aÂ Super BowlÂ wants it back."
The firstÂ Super BowlÂ was played inÂ Los AngelesÂ in 1967, and there would be a nice bit of symmetry if the 50th game were played in California as well. The state hasn't hosted aÂ Super BowlÂ since the Raiders and Buccaneers squared off inÂ San DiegoÂ in 2003. The last game in theÂ Bay AreaÂ was in 1985.
The 49ers have long felt they will win one of the next Super Bowls to be awarded. The 50th game, of course, holds the most prestige, and that's the one the 49ers are gunning to get. Their new stadium is on track to be ready in 2014. Two full seasons must be played at a new facility before it hosts a Super Bowl.
-- Matt Barrows