Houston opened the door on a new stadium for the Texans in 2002, and Reliant Stadium hosted the Super Bowl held a year later. It’s part of the loose quid pro quo of the stadium-construction game.
If you build it, they will come . . . as long as the city has enough hotel rooms via normal building structures or imported cruise ships.
The Texans are now hoping once again to get into the fringes of the rotation by bidding for the Super Bowl to be played in February 2017. It will be Super Bowl 51 or, in the traditional nomenclature, Super Bowl LI.
Per David Barron of the Houston Chronicle, the powers-that-be in Houston disclosed their plans to make a Super Bowl power play on Wednesday. “That is something that is coming up. It’s in the calendar,” Harris County Sports and Convention Corp. chairman Edgar Colon said. “[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.”
(Forcefully and aggressively? Will they show up at the selection meeting with weapons?)
Houston has submitted three prior bids, each of which failed. Most recently, Houston tried to land Super Bowl XLVII, which was played in Indianapolis under the same loose quid pro quo that brought Super Bowl XXXVIII to Reliant Stadium.
The next three Super Bowls are set to occur in New Orleans, New Jersey, and Arizona, respectively. Super Bowl L will be awarded next May. It’s expected that Dallas will bid on that game; if Dallas gets it, the NFL could be reluctant to return to Texas in back-to-back years.