South Florida hopes to land Super Bowl in 2019 or 2020

Wednesday January 14th, 2015

The South Florida Super Bowl Committee says they plan to place bids on hosting the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

The NFL will determine the finalists for those Super Bowls during league meetings in May and announce the winning bid in May 2016.

The South Florida area has hosted 10 Super Bowls, tied with New Orleans for the most ever. The last Super Bowl held in the area was 2010 when the New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV.

Miami's Sun Life Stadium is currently undergoing a $350 million renovation that will feature new seats and new high-definition scoreboards. The project is expected to be completed in time for the 2016 season.

"I think that has been our only issue that's held us back. We were told by the NFL the problem with the 50th anniversary [bid] was our stadium," Rodney Barreto chairman of the South Florida Super Bowl Committee said. "We still believe that South Florida — and with the new improvement in the stadium — that we should be the No. 1 Super Bowl spot in the country."

The NFL announced that potential Super Bowl hosts must play one of their home games in London. The Dolphins are the designated home team when they play the New York Jets at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 4.

This year’s Super Bowl will take place at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Feb. 1. The 50th Super Bowl will be at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California; Super Bowl LI will take place at NRG Stadium in Houston and the new Vikings Stadium in Minneapolis will host Super Bowl LII.

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