In a result that should surprise nobody, the San Francisco Bay Area has been named the host site for Super Bowl 50. The region beat out Miami/South Florida in a vote that was likely in the bag two weeks ago after the Florida legislature elected not to vote on a financing bill for renovations to Sun Life Stadium.
The NFL talks about how San Francisco presented the more exceptional bid, and how it is not about requiring teams improve their stadiums. But at the end of the day, a big part of the process is having a shiny facility for the game. Miami did not have it, San Francisco did have it. The San Francisco committee overwhelmed the owners with their proposal and that means the region gets the historic 50th Super Bowl.
This will mark the second Bay Area Super Bowl. Stanford Stadium was the host site for Super Bowl XIX, in which the 49ers defeated the Miami Dolphins 38-16. I think it's safe to say the highlight of all this would be if the 49ers managed to advance to Super Bowl 50 not only in their home region, but in their home stadium. Even though Super Bowl tickets are hard to come by, I have a hunch such a Super Bowl would draw a slightly partisan crowd.
This announcement is an exclamation mark on a process that really began 15+ years ago when Eddie DeBartolo began efforts to get the 49ers a new stadium. The effort stalled out, but his nephew, current 49ers CEO Jed York, took the ball and ran with it over the last five or so years. York worked with Santa Clara to get a stadium deal done, and it was done in a manner that opened the door for hosting arguably the most historic Super Bowl to date.
Now, let's just make sure the 49ers are playing that day!