The NFL awarded Super Bowl L to the San Francisco area on Tuesday, and in the process, leaving Miami in a dusty trail.
Scheduled to occur in February 2016, Super Bowl L will take place in Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara – the new home of the San Francisco 49ers in 2014.
Meanwhile, Miami’s fall from grace as a destination for a Super Bowl is almost as big a story than the San Francisco area hosting its first Super Sunday since Super Joe whacked Dan & Don back in 1985.
Miami hosted Super Bowl XLIV between Indianapolis and New Orleans but has lost favor around the league since due to its stadium accommodations.
According to the New York Times, Rodney Barreto, chairman of the South Florida committee, is highly skeptical that a Super Bowl will return to Miami:
“We had the better bid,” said Rodney Barreto, the chairman of the South Florida committee. “I think there are a couple of state reps down in Miami where I live who are going to look in the mirror tonight and regret what they’ve done to Miami. This Super Bowl ain’t coming back probably for another 10 years, in my opinion. We may have a baseball All-Star Game or a World Series before we get another Super Bowl, which is a shame.”
Besides San Francisco, the day’s other winner proved to be Houston. The city claimed Super Bowl LI, Houston’s first since…well, you know:
Yup. First Super Bowl in Houston since 2004.