You have to go all the way back to Jan. 15, 1967, when the Green Bay Packers battled the Kansas City Chiefs in the First AFL-NFL World Championship Game, later known as Super Bowl I. The game was played in front of 61,946 fans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The NFL announced on Tuesday that Super Bowl L (or 50 in non-Roman terms) in 2016 will return to California. Los Angeles? No, try Santa Clara, where the future home of the San Francisco 49ers is currently being built. You can track the progress of Levi’s Stadium right here:
“Today’s vote is the culmination of hard work from a number of dedicated individuals,” 49ers CEO Jed York said on the team website. “Our bid committee should be commended for putting together a proposal for NFL ownership that accurately depicted how memorable a Bay Area Super Bowl will be.”
Fun facts: The last time a Super Bowl was held in California was in 2003, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers blew out the Oakland Raiders in XXXVII. Super Bowl L will be the first time the game will be held in the Bay Area since 1985, when the 49ers took down the Miami Dolphins in XIX at Palo Alto. That 49ers team was the only team to have won a Super Bowl in the year their region hosted the game.
Speaking of the Dolphins, you probably can’t find a bigger loser here than the city of Miami. Any hope it had of hosting the Super Bowl in 2016, (or ’17, which was awarded to Houston) was dashed when the Dolphins were denied public funds to refurbish Sun Life Stadium.
Not-so-subtle NFL message sent courtesy of South Florida: no public financing help, no Super Bowl.
Despite all that, the Dolphins did their best to attract the game. “There’s no one better that can do it because we know how to throw a party,” Miami Super Bowl bid chairman Rodney Barreto said in the Miami Herald. “We’ll be giving the owners an incredible celebration in downtown Miami, recognizing the previous Super Bowls and congratulating them on the 50th anniversary.”
Nice try, but no dice.
But anyway, enough about poor Miami. What’s the reaction out in the Bay Area?
Super Bowl 50 coming to the Bay Area. I like it NFL.