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Bay Area picked to host 2016 Super Bowl

  • In this artist drawing provided by the San Francisco 49ers, the proposed 49ers stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. is shown. NFL owners will vote on the sites of the 50th and 51st Super Bowls on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at their spring meetings. The San Francisco area, where the new stadium is being built in Santa Clara, and South Florida are competing for the the 50th edition, to be held in February 2016. The loser in that bidding will go against Houston to host the 51st game the following year.(AP Photo/San Francisco 49ers) NO SALES

BOSTON — The 50th Super Bowl will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area and the NFL championship will go to Houston the following year.

Team owners voted Tuesday for the 49ers' new stadium as host of the 2016 game. That facility in Santa Clara, Calif., is due to open for the 2014 season.

San Francisco beat out South Florida, which was stymied in its bid to stage an 11th Super Bowl when the Florida Legislature did not support financing to renovate Sun Life Stadium.

"After losing a Super Bowl (to Baltimore last February), it feels really good to win a Super Bowl," 49ers CEO Jed York cracked.

Houston, which also beat out Miami, was awarded the 2017 title game. It has hosted once before, in 2004.


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