Though after Sunday’s loss to the Giants it looks like the 49ers remain farther away from the Super Bowl than previously believed, the team’s new stadium could be closing in on a date with an NFL title game.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the NFL will announce on Monday whether the Super Bowl could return to Northern California for the first time since Stanford Stadium hosted Super Bowl XIX, which the 49ers won over the Dolphins.
The new 49ers stadium, which is being constructed in Santa Clara, could be in contention for Super Bowl L (in early 2016) or Super Bowl LI (in early 2017).
The next three Super Bowls already have been set: Super Bowl XLVII will be played in New Orleans, Super Bowl XLVIII will come to New Jersey, and Arizona will host Super Bowl XLIX.
Per the Chronicle, the 49ers and San Francisco have quietly been putting together a bid to host the Super Bowl, with the city after which the team is named taking the lead, even though the team will be playing in a different city.
The league is expected to award Super Bowl L in May 2013. Some regard Dallas as the favorite to host the 50th edition of the game, given the immense size of the team’s stadium.