National Football League team owners voted this afternoon at a meeting in Boston to select San Francisco over Miami to host Super Bowl L in 2016.
And, in a second vote, the NFL chose Houston over Miami for the site of Super Bowl LI.
Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross failed to get the go-ahead he needed from the Florida legislature to seek as much as $120 million of public money from an increase in the Miami-Dade County hotel tax and as much as $47 million in state sales tax rebates to help finance a $350 million upgrade to the Dolphins’ Sun Life Stadium, which NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said would help Miami in its bid for Super Bowl L.
Those renovations would have included a partial roof and more seating close to the field. San Francisco is coming online in 2014 with a brand-new stadium costing $1.2 billion — 12 percent of which will be public money.
The prospect of a Super Bowl in Miami in 2016 had caused organizers of both the Miami International Boat Show and the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach heartburn because of a new NFL requirement that Super Bowl bidders be ready to host the game on any of three weekends in February, including the three-day Presidents Day weekend, when the two boat shows traditionally are held.
A survey of past Yacht & Brokerage Show exhibitors and visitors has shown that anticipated hassles regarding parking, crowds, pricey hotel rooms and other inconveniences related to the Super Bowl would douse their interest in attending the shows.
The 32 owners also will vote on who will host Super Bowl LI in 2017. Houston will vie with whichever city loses the Super Bowl L vote to host the 2017 game.
The winner in both the 2016 and 2017 Super Bowl votes must get a three-quarters majority of the 32 team owners in the first vote or, failing that, a simple majority in the second vote.
The Dolphins have played in Sun Life Stadium for 26 years.
“By failing to allow the stadium referendum in Miami-Dade to go forward, the House leadership has made our efforts to bring the Super Bowl back to Miami and South Florida much more difficult,” Rodney Barreto, chairman of the South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee, said after the Florida House let the legislative session close on May 3 without voting on the bill.
— Jim Flannery