Super Bowl L

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Super Bowl L
49ers New Stadium 2 2013-07-11.jpg
Date February 7, 2016 (tentative)
Stadium Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California
TV in the United States
Network CBS
 < XLIX Super Bowl LI > 

Super Bowl L, the 50th edition of the Super Bowl in American football, and the 46th modern-era National Football League championship game, is tentatively scheduled to be played on February 7, 2016 at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California.[1] In May 2013, NFL owners voted and awarded Super Bowl L to Santa Clara,[2] bringing the Super Bowl to Northern California for the first time since 1985. It has been dubbed as the Golden Super Bowl[3] because it will be located in the Golden State (California), and will be held in the home stadium of the San Francisco 49ers, a team named after the miners of the California Gold Rush, and because the 50th anniversary is traditionally the "golden anniversary".[4] CBS will telecast the game in the United States.[5]

Host selection process[edit]

In early 2012, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated that the league planned to make the 50th Super Bowl "spectacular" and that it would be "an important game for us as a league".[6]

Even though the Los Angeles area currently lacks an NFL franchise, Goodell said in 2009 that Super Bowl L could be held there to mark the fiftieth Super Bowl and to commemorate Super Bowl I, which was held at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.[7] At the time, there were two proposed stadiums that could have hosted the game: Farmers Field in Downtown Los Angeles (L.A. Live) and Los Angeles Stadium in City of Industry, California.[8] However, neither was scheduled for construction by the time the league announced the finalists for the host cities.[6] The Rose Bowl in Pasadena and the aforementioned L.A. Coliseum were also discussed as possible host stadiums in the area.[7] The Rose Bowl, despite never having hosted an NFL team, hosted the Super Bowl five times between 1977 and 1993. The NFL has not had a franchise in the city since the 1994 season and has not had a Super Bowl played in the metropolitan area since 1993.

Other than the Los Angeles area, sites included in early discussions or that submitted bids included:

The league eventually narrowed the bids to three sites: New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Florida's Sun Life Stadium, and the Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium.[12]

The league announced on October 16, 2012, that the two finalists were Sun Life Stadium[16] and Levi's Stadium.[17] The South Florida/Miami area has previously hosted the event 10 times (tied for most with New Orleans), with the most recent one being Super Bowl XLIV in 2010. The San Francisco Bay Area last hosted in 1985 (Super Bowl XIX), held at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California. The Miami bid depended on whether the stadium underwent renovations. However, on May 3, 2013, the Florida legislature refused to approve the funding plan to pay for the renovations, dealing a significant blow to Miami's chances.[18]

Sun Life Stadium became a finalist for Super Bowl LI upon losing the bid to the Bay Area, competing with Reliant Stadium in Houston.[19] However, Houston won the site less than an hour later.[20][6]


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