This artist rendering provided by the San Francisco 49ers on Feb. 10, 2010, shows the proposed 49ers NFL football stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

NFL Owners Award Super Bowl L to San Francisco

New $1.2B stadium will entertain football fans in 2016.

This artist rendering provided by the San Francisco 49ers on Feb. 10, 2010, shows the proposed 49ers NFL football stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
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National Football League owners voted Tuesday to award the San Francisco 49ers the honor of hosting the 2016 Super Bowl at their new stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

The choice "came as no surprise," according to a blog post on the NFL's website. The stadium used by the Miami Dolphins was San Francisco's main competition for the 50th edition, or Super Bowl L, of the advertiser and fan bonanza.

Organizers of San Francisco's bid announced earlier this month that businesses including Apple and the Gap pledged a combined $30 million to help cover costs if the Bay Area won the right to host a Super Bowl game, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The stadium being used for the 2016 game is under construction at a $1.2 billion cost, almost all of which has been privately raised, including $220 million paid for the venue to be called Levi's Stadium, and $800 million in seat and luxury box sales, the Mercury News reports .

 

Miami bid for the 2016 and 2017 games, and lost both.

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Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said in a statement quoted by CBS that the disappointing news "doesn't dampen our enthusiasm to pursue Super Bowls in the future, since we are steadfast in our belief that those games are good for the South Florida community."

NFL owners also voted Tuesday to award the 2017 Super Bowl game to Reliant Stadium in Houston, home to the Houston Texans.

The championship game bring a massive amount of tourism and media coverage to the host city.

The 2013 Super Bowl game was held February 3 in New Orleans, where the Baltimore Ravens defeated the 49ers. The city enjoyed a $480 million economic infusion from the event, according to a study by the University of New Orleans and the game's host committee.

Football fans can watch the Feb. 2, 2014, game in person or on Fox TV feeds from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., which is home to both the New York Giants and the New York Jets. The 2015 the game will take place in Glendale, Ariz. at the University of Phoenix Stadium, home to the Arizona Cardinals.

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