by Matt Alderton | May 30, 2013
The National Football League (NFL) has chosen the San Francisco Bay Area to host Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7, 2016, it announced this month. The game — the Bay Area’s first Super Bowl since 1985, when Stanford Stadium hosted Super Bowl 19 — will take place at the new $1 billion Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

“Are we ready for some football, San Francisco Bay Area? Make no mistake, we put forward an incredible bid and that’s because the San Francisco Bay Area is quite simply the best place to host Super Bowl 50,” San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee said in a statement. “It is an honor to get this great opportunity to host one of our nation’s most historic celebrations and we will host the best, most innovative and most philanthropic Super Bowl in the history of the game. Hosting a Super Bowl in the Bay Area will bring an enormous economic boost to our entire region and leave a lasting legacy. I join the San Francisco 49ers, Santa Clara Mayor Matthews and San Jose Mayor Reed, and our entire region, in celebrating this win for the San Francisco Bay Area.”

San Francisco, which will set aside more than 22,000 hotel rooms for the event, was one of two destinations officially invited by the NFL to submit a bid to host Super Bowl 50. The other contender was Miami, which ultimately lost out to San Francisco’s shiny new Silicon-Valley stadium, which will open in 2014 with 68,500 seats — expandable to 75,000 for major events like the Super Bowl — and an array of unique features, including solar panels, a green roof, HD video boards and Wi-Fi for 75,000 fans.

Said Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce and Convention-Visitors Bureau President & CEO Steve Van Dorn: TThere is no better place than this brand new stadium to host the NFL’s historic Super Bowl 50. Attendees are really going to enjoy the California sunshine and beautiful San Francisco Bay Area region. We expect a huge surge in hotel occupancy for the entire region for the week the Super Bowl is here. Overall, the economic impact will be in the millions.”

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