San Francisco, Houston will be host cities for Super Bowls L and LI
San Francisco was awarded the bid for Super Bowl L and Houston for Super Bowl LI.
Team owners voted on the host cities during the league's Spring Meeting in Boston. To secure a bid, a city must receive a 75 percent super majority of the vote -- or 24 of 32 votes. Tuesday's votes marked the first time in ten years that owners chose a host city on the first ballot -- and it happened twice in a matter of minutes.
San Francisco and Miami were the finalists for the Super Bowl L bid. With San Francisco winning the bid, Miami was then pitted against Houston for the Super Bowl LI bid.
The combinations of new venues, facilities, transportation and local amenities won the day for San Francisco and Houston.
Miami getting shut out was not surprising after plans to renovate Sun Life Stadium hit a major snag in the Florida legislature earlier this month. By passing on Miami, a city that has hosted ten Super Bowls previously, the NFL sent a clear message that cities with antiquated stadiums will not host a Super Bowl game.
Super Bowl L is the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl and will mark the first time the game will be played in Calif. in 15 years.
Super Bowl LI will be the first in Houston since Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 and the city's second overall.