The Bay Area will host Superbowl L in 2016. The decision, voted on by NFL team owners today, was not much of a surprise. The league has been eager to reward franchises that build new stadiums-- the 49ers, whose $1.2 billion Santa Clara stadium will open in 2014, follow in the recent footsteps of the Dallas Cowboys, the Indianapolis Colts, and the New York Giants/Jets. Perhaps just as important, San Francisco's competition for SBL, Miami, was effectively doomed when it failed to get stadium renovation funding passed through the Florida state legislature.
The 49ers won the Super Bowl the last time the Bay hosted one.
Local officials have already painted the gleaming picture: a Super Bowl village in downtown, shuttles transporting people to and from the Santa Clara complex, Wi-Fi provided by Google, green energy all round, and "cashless" concession stands equipped with Silicon Valley's latest products.
It will be the Bay's first Super Bowl since 1985, which was played in Stanford Stadium. The 49ers won that Super Bowl.
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