The league selected the sites for both Super Bowl 50 and Super Bowl LI in early 2013. Host city announcement occurred on May 21, 2013. On October 16, 2012, the NFL announced that Houston's NRG Stadium is a finalist to host the game.
Houston then competed against the runner-up for the site of Super Bowl 50: Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Miami bid for either Super Bowl partially depended on whether the stadium underwent renovations. However, on May 3, the Florida legislature refused to approve the funding plan to pay for the renovations, dealing a blow to Miami's chances. Houston was ultimately selected for the host city of Super Bowl LI.