May 22, 2013

NFL Notebook: 'Golden Bowl' goes to Bay Area

The Associated Press

BOSTON - The NFL will celebrate its 50th Super Bowl in northern California, where its newest, most high-tech venue is being built.

That makes south Florida, in the midst of a spat over expensive stadium renovations, a loser for the 2016 game.

And Miami took a double defeat when Houston was awarded the 2017 championship game.

In two separate votes, NFL owners Tuesday went with the both San Francisco Bay Area and Houston on the first ballot at their spring meetings. The 49ers' new home is set to open next year in Santa Clara, and will host the first Super Bowl in the area since 1985.

Houston staged the 2004 Super Bowl. Miami has hosted 10 of them -- including the Jets' upset of the Colts in 1969 -- and is tied with New Orleans for the most. But south Florida got rejected twice after the Florida Legislature did not support financing to renovate Sun Life Stadium.

"We are so excited to be able to put on the 'Golden Super Bowl' in the Golden State," 49ers CEO Jed York said.

They will stage it in what is being promoted as the most technologically advanced stadium in the world, and earned that right on a day when the NFL made a $400 million deal with Microsoft to upgrade the fan viewing experience. Levi's Stadium figures to be the first cashless, ticketless venue in NFL championship history, with WiFi capability for 75,000 people.

Houston hosted once before, in 2004, and is calling the 51st Super Bowl an international experience that will include fans from Mexico.

"The Bay Area has been waiting for a (title) game since 1985. We have a stadium now ... we are just thrilled and couldn't be happier about this," said Daniel Lurie, a leader of the San Francisco bid.

"We are going to get to highlight the best the Bay Area has to offer."

That includes donating 25 percent of the proceeds from the game to fight poverty in the San Francisco Bay area, York said.

For years it was thought the NFL would seek to stage the 50th Super Bowl in Los Angeles, where the first one was played (but did not sell out) on Jan. 15, 1967. But with no franchise in Los Angeles and no suitable stadium projects approved, that hope disappeared.

Next Feb. 2, the game goes outdoors in a cold-weather site for the first time, at MetLife Stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands.

The 2015 game will be played in the Phoenix area.

BROWNS: Cleveland signed running back Brandon Jackson to a one-year contract, bringing him back after two seasons in which he never got to showcase his versatility.

COWBOYS: Tony Romo can't participate in workouts because of a procedure last month to remove a cyst on his back. He will miss three weeks of practice but could participate in minicamp starting June 11. He will be ready for training camp in July.

 

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