The NFL selected the sites for both Super Bowl 50 and Super Bowl LI on May 21, 2013, at the owners' spring meetings in Boston. On October 16, 2012, the NFL announced that Houston's then named Reliant Stadium (now called NRG Stadium) was a finalist to host Super Bowl LI. Houston then competed against the runner-up for the site of Super Bowl 50: Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The South Florida 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 South Florida's chances. The NFL ultimately selected Houston as the host city of Super Bowl LI.
Despite Houston voters rejecting Proposition 1, an anti-LGBT discrimination ordinance, during the November 3, 2015 elections, the NFL announced it will not alter plans to have the city host Super Bowl LI. Houston Texans owner, Bob McNair donated $10,000 to Campaign for Houston, an organization that opposes the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which he later rescinded. McNair has a long history of supporting conservative political causes. Houston's rejection of the ordinance has lead to fears that LGBT people are no longer welcome in NFL stadiums and that Houston is "no longer a 'safe place' for LGBT people to visit or do business, as they can be turned away from a hotel or by a waiter or cab driver, simply for 'looking or acting' gay or being trans".  Houston is the largest city in the United States without equal rights for LGBT people.