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Houston will make a bid on Super Bowl LI

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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.

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7 Responses to “Houston will make a bid on Super Bowl LI”
  1. schmitty2 says: May 24, 2012 10:22 AM

    Awesome stadium and that SB played there was a classic. Hope they get it

  2. hatesycophants says: May 24, 2012 10:23 AM

    There is no reason for anyone to ever go to Houston. For that matter, all of Texas is a wasteland of ignorance.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  3. nolahxc says: May 24, 2012 10:39 AM

    Houston is a pretty cool city. I hope they get it!

  4. waxthat says: May 24, 2012 10:40 AM

    I was not born in Houston but have lived here for quite some time. It’s a great city to live in. Beautiful women, great food, good economy.

    hatesycophants: Houston > Detroit

    Not even close.

  5. rc33 says: May 24, 2012 10:50 AM

    hatesycophants says: May 24, 2012 10:23 AM

    There is no reason for anyone to ever go to Houston. For that matter, all of Texas is a wasteland of ignorance.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!
    ———————————–

    Uh….OK.
    Because nothing screams bastion of intellect more than the upper Midwest.

  6. profootballwalk says: May 24, 2012 12:28 PM

    Houston and Dallas are further apart than New York and Boston. Who cares if both are in Texas?

  7. billhicks666 says: May 24, 2012 1:56 PM

    It would be great to have the Super Bowl in Houston again. The only problem is that the city and surrounding area are soooo spread out, so a lot of driving would have to be done, which would make the existing traffic problems even worse.

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