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Houston gets Super Bowl LI

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When the NFL says “I’m gonna turn this car around and go home,” they apparently mean it.

South Florida hasn’t hosted a Super Bowl since 2010, and the drought will last at least eight years.  On Tuesday, Miami lost in not one but two attempts to bring Super Bowl L and Super Bowl LI back to Sun Life Stadium.

Losing Super Bowl L to San Franciscoclara was expected.  The head-to-head contest with Houston was regarded as a tougher call, since Miami provides a better overall experience in the days leading up to the game.

But the NFL sent a message that the Super Bowl won’t return to Florida without an upgraded stadium.  To give that threat/promise teeth, owners had to follow through on it.  And they did.

The failure of the bids gives owner Stephen Ross ammunition to continue to try to shake public money out of the taxpayer pockets in order to renovate the stadium.  The politicians and, ultimately, the people will have to decide whether getting another Super Bowl justifies partially paying for the project.

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58 Responses to “Houston gets Super Bowl LI”
  1. stevent92 says: May 21, 2013 3:10 PM

    No real shock. Miami didn’t have a chance after they shot down the public funding.

    NFL public shake-down continues….

  2. purpwalk says: May 21, 2013 3:11 PM

    no soup for you!

  3. blacknole08 says: May 21, 2013 3:13 PM

    Good call. Miami seems to host a SB every few years — time to let another stadium have a crack at it. Kinda tired of the same locations getting the gig when newer stadiums are available.

    Besides, Reliant stadium hosted one of the more memorable SBs when NE beat my Panthers and the half-time show fiasco. There should be no power outages either.

  4. getitrightflorio says: May 21, 2013 3:13 PM

    LOL Miami Dolphins.

  5. truesportsjunkie says: May 21, 2013 3:14 PM

    Htown baby!

  6. S.Nevada says: May 21, 2013 3:14 PM

    Seeing SanFran and HOU get these games makes me think the NFL REALLY wants to have the ‘home-Super Bowl’ team narrative in the near future.

  7. contract says: May 21, 2013 3:15 PM

    No one cares. We’re setting tourism records this year with no Super Bowl.

    Miami > NFL football

  8. monsterscream says: May 21, 2013 3:15 PM

    San Franciscoclara??? sounds like a fruit punch soda.

  9. 4thquartermagic says: May 21, 2013 3:15 PM

    Congrats to Houston. Every NFL city (within reason) should get a shot to host the Super Bowl.

    Miami, you can no longer bank on the allure of your city filled with beautiful weather, or great nightlife, or beautiful women in bikinis… wait why did Miami lose again?

  10. papoose059 says: May 21, 2013 3:18 PM

    Stop making it sound like Ross was trying to shake down the people of South Florida.

    He wanted the tourist tax of hotels, which was a 1% increase. He also filed for a tax break, one that both Jax and Tampa Bay receive in the state of Florida. He even offered to pay back most of this money.

    So essentially the people of South Florida wouldn’t have payed anything. That is, unless they are living in hotels..

  11. We need Bud Grant says: May 21, 2013 3:21 PM

    Well, they’re not going to get the one after that either because that will be held in Zygi’s new Purple Palace.

  12. tedmurph says: May 21, 2013 3:21 PM

    Hope they do a better job than 2004. Everything was too spread out and traffic was a nightmare.

  13. jimmyt says: May 21, 2013 3:22 PM

    Ya know, the NFL would fight tooth, fang and claw to keep the Phins from moving but Miami fans better not think it is totally out of the realm of the possible.

  14. ccjcsr says: May 21, 2013 3:22 PM

    30 min drive from the house, still going to watch on TV.

  15. rohlo says: May 21, 2013 3:22 PM

    congrats houston…you all did a great job with new england / carolina and have the most hosted superbowls in texas now with 3..the houston experience was much better than the superbowl experience in dallas. (i was at both) the jerry domw is too far our from the city and reliant is right off the 59 freeway making it easy access…wont have to worry about ice storms either as they did in dallas!

  16. jetset24 says: May 21, 2013 3:22 PM

    again if their claiming the super bowl brings in 350 million why doesn’t the NFL build their own stadium in a neutral location and build a NFL experience around the stadium with shops, restaurants, bars, hotels and make the money off everything sold and pay their own stadium off in a few years, plus you would have a vacation spot for year round tourists, host a few games during the year, everything like a smaller version of Disney… God do I have to think of everything????

  17. bucrightoff says: May 21, 2013 3:24 PM

    Tampa will get another Super Bowl before long, so its not like Florida is totally shut out. Tampa has everything, modern stadium, perfect golf weather, more strip clubs than you can count. The Super Bowl will be back in Florida before you know it.

  18. hehateme2 says: May 21, 2013 3:25 PM

    It’s not just about the actual Super Bowl but the week leading up to it. And in that regard, Houston pales in comparison to Miami/Ft. Lauderdale.

  19. purpwalk says: May 21, 2013 3:26 PM

    fl blows chunks

    poor man’s cal

  20. realfootballfan says: May 21, 2013 3:27 PM

    I’m sure the people in Miami with all of their beaches, hot women, and celebrities who run exclusive events that are supposed to be a big reason to get a Super Bowl in their city probably only less than NY or LA are crying about this. Not.

    Just one more example of Goodell’s destruction of the game.

  21. tiggerblood says: May 21, 2013 3:27 PM

    Just a bad decision not to provide public funds to upgrade the stadium. What gets me is they built a brand new ballpark for the Marlins it’s beautiful and they’re the worst team in the Majors and have minimal fan support. They tend to fill the stadium when northern teams come to play like the Phillies, Mets and Yankees(rare inter league match up) because just about everyone from south Florida is a sub-planted northerner. Geesh probably one Super Bowl would pay for the upgrades. Bad politics.

  22. fanfair says: May 21, 2013 3:27 PM

    So yeah, let’s not celebrate the fact that Houston is a great host city, is building a football powerhouse in the Texans, or that Houston put forward an overall better proposal by creating a Super Bowl festival to accompany the event. Let’s just lament how pitiful Miami is…in article headlined about Houston.

    Congrats, Houston. And if no one told you, Miami lost.

  23. wannstache says: May 21, 2013 3:29 PM

    Pay for it yourself, Ross. I didn’t ask for public funds when I added on to MY house. Neither should you. Get a loan, like the rest of us. You’ve done nothing but screw things up since the day you bought the team.

  24. carr3rules says: May 21, 2013 3:36 PM

    With all the renovations a Lambeau Field, they deserve a Superbowl more than any other field. After all Lambeau Field is an NFL Shrine.

  25. elwaysmilehighdenver says: May 21, 2013 3:37 PM

    Matt Schaub was heard to say that Houston was not worthy to host a Super Bowl.

  26. jdphx says: May 21, 2013 3:38 PM

    San Franciscoclara??? sounds like a fruit punch soda.
    =====================================

    Or some kind of infection. Has Gronk had this yet?

  27. upperdecker19 says: May 21, 2013 3:39 PM

    Keep trying, Miami! You’ll get one soon.

    Regards,
    San Diego

  28. golfongrass311 says: May 21, 2013 3:43 PM

    congrats Houston.
    i would love to see a Superbowl in either DC or Baltimore.

    Skins have more seats
    but the Bank is way nicer

    we would love to have ya hon, we have more than enough crab cakes for everyone!

  29. 23chameleons says: May 21, 2013 3:45 PM

    Just read that the last 3 SB’s have generated an additional $350-600mm for the host city. So thank YOU FL House Speaker Will Weatherford. We’re happy to have the SB back in Houston. Good luck with your re-election campaign …

  30. justintuckrule says: May 21, 2013 3:50 PM

    If the NFL had one bone in its body dedicated to preserving its history and legacy and not worrying about $$ and catering to the corporate Samsung galaxy crowd, it would put SB 50 in Lambeau without batting an eye. I’ve been to a million stadiums and that one is by far the greatest in this country. It’s the Mecca of football and deserves to host this landmark SB.

    To the Jet fan with the great idea for the NFL to build its own neutral location, that was a smart idea. However, not one owner would approve because that would mean zero chance for their stadium to host.

  31. adoombray says: May 21, 2013 3:50 PM

    Pay for it yourself, Ross. I didn’t ask for public funds when I added on to MY house. Neither should you. Get a loan, like the rest of us. You’ve done nothing but screw things up since the day you bought the team.

    ——–

    I am so tired of people comparing themselves to owners. There is no comparison. You could easily get the loan on your house because it’s not that much money. Plus, he DID try to get a loan, and you guys shot that down. Your addition to your house also would have 0 effect on anyone else – whereas a superbowl brings more money to the city than public funds would ever contribute – Plus, it wasnt public funds, as stated above, Ross wanted to put a 1% tax on hotels, in other words, the people that actually go to the superbowl and travel in from out of town. Calling it “public funds” is a misnomer – it was a tourism tax.

    So please spare us your self righteousness. You are getting angry about an issue you clearly did 0 research into and your insecurities about your finances have nothing to do with all the money that local businesses in and around the stadium would have raked in during Superbowl week. you screwed your fellow Floridians out of willful ignorance.

    So please stop turning your insecurities

  32. PriorKnowledge says: May 21, 2013 3:53 PM

    jetset24 says:
    May 21, 2013 3:22 PM
    again if their claiming the super bowl brings in 350 million why doesn’t the NFL build their own stadium in a neutral location and build a NFL experience around the stadium with shops, restaurants, bars, hotels and make the money off everything sold and pay their own stadium off in a few years, plus you would have a vacation spot for year round tourists, host a few games during the year, everything like a smaller version of Disney… God do I have to think of everything????

    And what neutral city should it be built: VEGAS, BABY!

  33. peytonsneck18 says: May 21, 2013 3:53 PM

    congrats houston, the superbowl expierince is a once and a lifetime expierience, big fun!!

  34. jimbo75025 says: May 21, 2013 3:55 PM

    papoose059 says:May 21, 2013 3:18 PM

    So essentially the people of South Florida wouldn’t have payed anything. That is, unless they are living in hotels..

    ———
    Ugh, so I suppose you have never had a business where you had to bring employees/contractors/whatever to town, had relatives come into town for family events you were hosting, or anything of that nature?

    Taxes impact everyone whether you think they do or not.

    Add in the fact that Loria kind of salted in the earth in South Florida and then took a leak on the remains when it comes to public financing for stadiums.

  35. mazblast says: May 21, 2013 4:01 PM

    papoose059 says: May 21, 2013 3:18 PM

    Stop making it sound like Ross was trying to shake down the people of South Florida.

    He wanted the tourist tax of hotels, which was a 1% increase. He also filed for a tax break, one that both Jax and Tampa Bay receive in the state of Florida. He even offered to pay back most of this money.

    So essentially the people of South Florida wouldn’t have payed anything. That is, unless they are living in hotels..
    ————————————-
    When the tax revenue estimated proves to be waaaaaaayyyy higher than the actual amount, guess who winds up paying the difference? Hint: It’s not the owner, the season ticket holders, the suite owners, or the league. It’s the public.

    Here in SW Ohio, the voters approved a sales tax increase that was going to fully pay for Paul Brown Stadium and Great American Ball Park. In return, there was a minor property tax break. Guess what? A dozen years later, sales tax revenue hasn’t met the amount required to pay the interest on the bonds, the “permanent” property tax rebate is gone, and the public is on the hook for the whole thing.

  36. b3nz0z says: May 21, 2013 4:03 PM

    apparently prostitution gets a pretty big benefit every year from the super bowl. rich folks need their fun somehow.

  37. goldrush36 says: May 21, 2013 4:05 PM

    While there are teams looking for a massive public handout.. From what I understand Ross’ proposal wasn’t going to effect the public all that much. Just like the niners new field which is constantly represented as the city paying in almost $900 million when in reality they simply helped secure the loan that the team will pay for

  38. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 21, 2013 4:12 PM

    Seems the roman numerals were serving us well up to now. LI looks strange.

  39. Frazier28/7 says: May 21, 2013 4:12 PM

    Minnesota should get the Super Bowl in 2019

  40. thetooloftools says: May 21, 2013 4:18 PM

    I just can’t wait to see this disaster in New Jersey for the next Super Bowl. It’s going to be a joke but no matter how horrible it is, because it’s New York… they will make it out to be the best ever.

  41. gromit45 says: May 21, 2013 4:19 PM

    So two top locations are out, Miami and San Diego, until the residents agrees to be squeezed for more taxes.

  42. floriosbigtoe says: May 21, 2013 4:24 PM

    Looks like the only way for Miami to get to a Super Bowl in the foreseeable future is to play in one. Let’s go Dolphins!

  43. eatitfanboy says: May 21, 2013 4:26 PM

    How about this: Ross pays for all renovations himself. And in return, all Super Bowl related tax revenue goes back to him until he is paid off, and the city gets the rest. That way, the City pays nothing up front, and if the revenues don’t come or don’t meet projections, the one who loses out is Ross.

  44. joelvis72 says: May 21, 2013 4:36 PM

    I’m happy Houston got it for selfish reasons (I live 5 hours away and hopefully my son will be interested enough to go to the NFL Experience, which was awesome in New Orleans this year).

    Plus, Super Bowl XXXVIII just LOOKED good from Reliant Stadium on tv…the field, the lighting. Sounds crazy, but it was a good-looking game.

  45. pem34 says: May 21, 2013 4:45 PM

    I really don’t understand why (and please enlighten me) the Super Bowl is not held at either (1) a permanent rotation between teams/stadiums (and if the conference championship games can be played “in the elements”/and it would be a natural incentive to keep your stadium nice ((see FEDEX))) and/or (2) there is not just a permanent stadium (ala the Rose Bowl) for the game.

    Really makes no sense considering all 32 teams are “equal” partners.

  46. upperdecker19 says: May 21, 2013 4:45 PM

    Was London a close third in the vote?

  47. jetset24 says: May 21, 2013 4:49 PM

    And what neutral city should it be built: VEGAS, BABY!

    LOL is there any other place! Just outside the strip NFL WORLD!!! Come one come all!!!

  48. fosteraustralianfortouchdown says: May 21, 2013 5:25 PM

    Likely superbowl 52(2018) and 53(2019)will probably be between Atlanta(new stadium 2017) and Minnesota(new stadium 2016) …..could be 6-7 years till Miami gets another shot!!

  49. 8to80texansblog says: May 21, 2013 5:34 PM

    I live minutes from Reliant so its kind of a mixed bag for me. Traffic will be nightmarish but its great for the city.

    Maybe I’ll rent the house out, go to Vegas for the week!

  50. canesgiants says: May 21, 2013 5:34 PM

    Just a bad decision not to provide public funds to upgrade the stadium. What gets me is they built a brand new ballpark for the Marlins it’s beautiful and they’re the worst team in the Majors and have minimal fan support. They tend to fill the stadium when northern teams come to play like the Phillies, Mets and Yankees(rare inter league match up) because just about everyone from south Florida is a sub-planted northerner. Geesh probably one Super Bowl would pay for the upgrades. Bad politics.

    ===================================

    is that u loria

  51. canesgiants says: May 21, 2013 5:34 PM

    Just a bad decision not to provide public funds to upgrade the stadium. What gets me is they built a brand new ballpark for the Marlins it’s beautiful and they’re the worst team in the Majors and have minimal fan support. They tend to fill the stadium when northern teams come to play like the Phillies, Mets and Yankees(rare inter league match up) because just about everyone from south Florida is a sub-planted northerner. Geesh probably one Super Bowl would pay for the upgrades. Bad politics.

    ===================================

    is that u loria

  52. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: May 21, 2013 5:57 PM

    NO wardrobe malfunction this time please, Houston! lol

  53. 619sdfan4life says: May 21, 2013 6:33 PM

    “South Florida hasn’t hosted a SB since 2010″…..

    OMG that’s so long what a shame. The NFL has really got to pay more attention to Florida that is entirely to long to not have a SB.

    Give me a break.

  54. jimbo75025 says: May 21, 2013 7:34 PM

    peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says:May 21, 2013 5:57 PM

    NO wardrobe malfunction this time please, Houston! lol
    ——–
    Depends on who the act is……if Shakira, etc then I have no issues with a “problem”. If the roll out an old hag again then I agree, no malfuncion please.

  55. pgilbert15303 says: May 21, 2013 7:48 PM

    I love you bone noggins…. SanFranciscoSantaClara?

    I’ve been to some tough stadiums but I’ve never scene anything like a San Francisco vs. Dallas or Giants vs. Dodgers game craziness.

    I’ve seen whole sections of the stadium go at it during a SF Giants vs. Dodgers Friday night game.

    I think you have a enough sassy boys in your town… Btw, the guy whom protests too much usually is the guiltiest. Tell me how do you enjoy the fruit punch? Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

  56. root4cleveland says: May 21, 2013 8:10 PM

    I really like football and I really like the superbowl. And I think this is awesome. Now let’s see what happens when NO MORE TEAMS BUILD MONEY WITH PUBLIC FUNDS and see what the NFL does. Will they build themselves a new stadium? They have to play somewhere, and if enough teams don’t build new…

    As an avid football fan, we all spend too much money on our teams as is. They don’t need us to build them their palatial dwellings as well. Its the owners’ cash-cow, let them keep the stables.

  57. kingpel says: May 21, 2013 9:13 PM

    Unless Miami overpays them, no one wants anything to do with this football organization.

  58. hoosiercolts says: May 22, 2013 6:01 AM

    Stop all the “NFL should give one to Green Bay” talk. Lambeau is an awesome stadium but the city of Green Bay cannot support a Super Bowl. There aren’t enough hotels or infrastructure to make it run properly.

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