The NFL’s owners voted on Tuesday to award the 2016 Super Bowl to the Bay Area (Santa Clarita to be exact), where the San Francisco 49ers will have a new home starting next season. When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the 2016 decision, the San Francisco bid committee erupted in an outburst of approval. They then followed that with a champagne toast.
The Santa Clarita venue will be called Levi’s Stadium, and will host the Bay Area’s first Super Bowl since 1985 when Stanford Stadium hosted the big game.
The stadium is being billed as the most technologically-advanced venue in the world which is interesting because on Tuesday the NFL made a $400 million deal with Microsoft to “upgrade the fan viewing experience.” Levi’s Stadium will likely be the first cashless, ticketless venue in NFL championship history and it will also have WiFi capability for 75,000 people.
Super Bowl L, was just one of two big games awarded on Tuesday, Houston also won the bid for Super Bowl LI in 2017. Both bids were selected on the first ballot, the first time in a decade that has happened.
San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York also announced that 25 percent of the proceeds from the game will go to fight poverty in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The big loser on Tuesday was Miami, which was trying to get Super Bowl L, but it was not to be. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has claimed Sun Life Stadium needs $350 million in renovations, but he doesn’t want to pay for them. The 26-year-old stadium has fallen far behind it’s competitors in the eyes of the NFL and it needs work.
But San Francisco and the 49ers won big on Tuesday, scoring what should an exciting opportunity to show off their new stadium.