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May 22, 2013

50th Super Bowl goes to San Francisco Bay Area

BOSTON (AP) — The 50th Super Bowl will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area and the NFL championship will go to Houston the following year.

Team owners voted Tuesday for the 49ers’ new stadium as host of the 2016 game. That facility in Santa Clara, Calif., is due to open for the 2014 season.

San Francisco beat out South Florida, which was stymied in its bid to stage an 11th Super Bowl when the Florida Legislature did not support financing to renovate Sun Life Stadium.

“After losing a Super Bowl (to Baltimore), it feels really good to win a Super Bowl,” 49ers CEO Jed York cracked.

Houston, which also beat out Miami, was awarded the 2017 title game. It has hosted once before, in 2004.

The only previous Super Bowl played in northern California was at Stanford Stadium in 1985.

When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the 2016 decision, members of the San Francisco bid committee let out a roar of approval, then toasted each other with champagne.

“We are so excited to be able to be able to put on the ‘Golden Super Bowl’ in the Golden State,” York said.

Asked what he believed swayed the owners to vote for San Francisco, York added: “It’s the will power of an entire area that gave an overwhelming push for us.”

It was the first time in a decade that a Super Bowl was awarded on the first ballot.

“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.”

The Dolphins were denied public money for a stadium upgrade in South Florida following widespread complaints about the public investment sunk into the Marlins’ new baseball home.

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