Two Cities Given Super Bowl Hosting Rights

One region will host a Super Bowl for the first time in over 30 years.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

The San Francisco 49ers lost this year's Super Bowl to the Baltimore Ravens, but at least they'll be guaranteed to host Super Bowl 50.

Team owners made the vote on Tuesday that made the announcement official; the new 49ers facility in Santa Clara, Calif. and is expected to be named Levi's Stadium will host the biggest championship in sports for the 2016 season. It's the first time northern California will host the Super Bowl since Stanford Stadium did so in 1985. The 2017 game will go to Houston.

South Florida was also in the running, but lost their bid after refusing to finance renovations for Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins.


"After losing a Super Bowl [to the Baltimore Ravens], it feels really good to win a Super Bowl," San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York cracked.

Houston, which also beat out Miami, was awarded the 2017 title game. Reliant Stadium, the home of the Houston Texans, has hosted once before, in 2004.

"I can't tell you how excited I am for Houston in being selected as the site for the 2017 Super Bowl," Texans owner Bob McNair said in a statement. "This is a worldwide stage that will be constructed in Houston and the world will be watching. It's an opportunity to showcase our wonderful city, the NFL and the Super Bowl all at the same time."

This upcoming Feb. 2 is expected to be the modern-day "ice bowl," where the Super Bowl will be hosted at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey's Meadowlands — an outdoor cold-weather stadium, the first of its kind. The 2015 host will be Phoenix.

And of course, don't forget, the 49ers have a young uber-talented team that should last many years to come. It's very possible the 49ers could be the first team to win a Super Bowl in their home stadium.

Josh Helmuth is the editor for CraveOnline Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JHelmuth or subscribe at for the latest in sports on your newsfeed.

Rendering via: SF Examiner