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If ever there was a winning game plan to be admired when it comes to landing a record 11th Super Bowl for the Miami area, it was on display this morning at Sun Life Stadium.
The Super Bowl Bid Committee has tapped into everything the National Football League is looking for and then some for the historic 50th Super Bowl to be played in 2016. 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 zipline 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.
All 32 NFL owners will be voting on both the 50th and 51st Super Bowls in Boston on May 21st, with Miami going up against San Francisco and the brand new $1.2 billion stadium being built in Santa Clara for Super Bowl L. The loser of that bid will battle with Houston for Super Bowl LI, which has a 10-year-old building in Reliant Stadium.
“We knew we had to do something totally different, outside of the box, unconventional and new,” said Super Bowl Bid Committee Chairman Rodney Barreto of the proposed $21 million plan. “We’ve hosted the game 10 times and back in 2010 a lot of the core activities were up in Broward County and Dade played backup with some of the events on Miami Beach and downtown Miami, so the activities were spread out among the three counties. … What we are presenting to the owners now we believe will force them to make a tough decision.”
Some of the lavish details of these plans had been revealed two weeks ago on the first night of the 2013 NFL Draft, but the water elements had been kept secret to the public until now. This also was the first time the public got to see some of the elements of the street festival that will take place downtown, 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 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. Fans also would be able to zipline over the water inside a translucent football, while VIPs would get to enjoy a party atmosphere on barges set up as floating nightclubs.
“There has certainly been a lot written in the past week about what is not in this bid,” Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said. “I was happy to hear today about all of the exciting things that are in the package.”
Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver and radio play-by-play voice Jimmy Cefalo will be giving the presentation to the owners in Boston.