All 32 NFL owners will vote on which sites will host Super Bowl 50 and 51, choosing between Miami and San Francisco for the historic 50th Super Bowl and between Houston and the loser of the first bid for Super Bowl 51. They have seen the final bid packages from all three cities, which is a culmination of almost 10 months of work by the respective bid committees.
Each city will get to make a 20-minute presentation inside the Hyatt Harborside Hotel on Boston Harbor. Super Bowl Bid Committee Chairman Rodney Barreto and former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jimmy Cefalo are speaking on behalf of South Florida and Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee and Senior Vice President/Special Advisor Nat Moore also will be on hand.
“We’re excited about our chances to host a record-breaking 11th Super Bowl,” Barreto said. “First and foremost, this is about creating an energy and a sense of scale to make the 50th Super Bowl truly momentous. We believe we’ve done just that, honoring the legacy of both the NFL and our longstanding history as a Super Bowl host.”
The 32 owner votes will be immediately tallied with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announcing the winners at a press conference following the presentations and the NFL Network will carry the proceedings live. Currently, Miami is tied with New Orleans as the two cities to have hosted the most Super Bowls at 10 and Miami hosted three of the first five.
The most memorable of the big games to be held down here was Super Bowl III when Joe Namath delivered on his guarantee that the New York Jets would beat the Baltimore Colts in the Orange Bowl. The Jets’ 16-7 victory was the first by an AFL team over an NFL team and led to the AFL-NFL merger.
Back on May 9th, Barreto and the committee unveiled the final details of the plan for Super Bowl L activities and it was quite impressive. Plans for an urban core as the central location for activities include a comprehensive Super Bowl Village in downtown Miami, a Super Bowl Cove complete with floating nightclubs and a Navy aircraft carrier docked at Bayfront Park.
Biscayne Bay offers a water theme that cannot be matched by any other potential host city, which is why the committee included a zip line ride over Bayside Marina and water shuttles transporting fans and VIPs from South Beach and the Brickell Avenue area on the Miami River back to the front of Bayfront Park. There will be multiple stages for environment and interactive experiences set up all along Biscayne Boulevard and the NFL Experience will be housed on a large area inside Bicentennial Park.
In essence, this would be a seven-day street festival, with the centerpiece being a version of the London Eye overlooking Biscayne Bay. There is a convenient open slip in between American Airlines Arena and Bicentennial Park where the aircraft carrier can be moored and the plan is to play a football game on the flight deck where an artificial grass field would be constructed.
It all comes down to today’s vote, which is akin to the final drive of the game in the closing two minutes – and Barreto and company are hoping that history is on their side.