Houston officials plan to bid for Reliant Stadium to host the 2017 Super Bowl. (Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
Houston will try to bring the Super Bowl to Reliant Stadium in 2017, and work on the city's proposal will begin soon, sources tell the Houston Chronicle's David Barron.
“That is something that is coming up. It’s in the calendar,” Edgar Colon, the chairman of the group that oversees the Reliant Park, told Barron. “(That is) the next one that is up for bid and we intend to participate and to participate forcefully and aggressively to bring the Super Bowl to Houston.”
Houston hosted the Super Bowl in 2004 and unsuccessfully bid to host the 2009, 2010 and 2012 games. Officials also said they were potentially interested in hosting the 2016 Final Four.
The NFL is expected to announce the host of Super Bowl L, to be played in 2016, by May 2013. No timeline for naming the host of the following year's game has been announced.
One possible complication to Houston's bid is widespread belief that Dallas plans to bid for Super Bowl L. There is speculation
the NFL would not want to hold the Super Bowl in Texas in consecutive years. If Dallas is successful, Houston's chances could be hurt.