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Super Bowl returns to the Bay Area

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Less than four months after the Bay Area’s football team returned to the Super Bowl for the first time in a generation, the Super Bowl is returning to the Bay Area.

The league has announced that Super Bowl L will be played at the 49ers’ to-be-opened home in Santa Clara, which will be named Levi’s Stadium.  Technically, the host city is San Francisco, since all associated events will be conducted there.  (We’ll call the location San Franciscoclara, at least until we get bored with that.  Maybe a little longer.)

The game will be played in February 2016, capping the second season of play at the new venue.

The vote means that Miami lost in the head-to-head bid against San Francisco, just like the Dolphins did against the 49ers in Super Bowl XIX, played at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto.

It also means that Miami will now take on Houston for the ability to host Super Bowl LI.

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64 Responses to “Super Bowl returns to the Bay Area”
  1. blowpackblow says: May 21, 2013 2:59 PM

    Good news for the Raiders, they won’t have to go very far if they want to watch a Super Bowl live.

  2. jaggedmark says: May 21, 2013 3:00 PM

    Good chance this will be when the host city finally wins the Super Bowl

  3. DonRSD says: May 21, 2013 3:04 PM

    Pay for your own stadium Ross.

    No need to renovate, just build a new stadium.

    GO BIG BLUE!!!
    We will win in that stadium, just like we always beat the 49ers @ SF.

  4. mobuccsfan says: May 21, 2013 3:04 PM

    Levi’s Stadium…still can’t get over the name ha ha. Congrats on the Bay area–kind of figured this is where the 50th Super Bowl was going to take place. It really made too much sense when you think about Super Bowls and the history of the game, with San Francisco winning so many of them.

  5. ravensdominate says: May 21, 2013 3:04 PM

    The Ravens will probably win that one too.

  6. thebumontelegraphave says: May 21, 2013 3:05 PM

    i’ll quiet the storm before it hits. sf was 6-10 three years ago. a lot can happen.

  7. kingpel says: May 21, 2013 3:05 PM

    Thank God Miami has the Heat because the Dolphins and Stephen Ross just flat out suck.

  8. 49faithful says: May 21, 2013 3:05 PM

    Can’t wait!! The fact that the events will actually be in S.F. make it that much better!!

  9. blacknole08 says: May 21, 2013 3:05 PM

    Well, we know the 49ers won’t be playing in it. No team has yet to participate in a SB in which their stadium was the host.

  10. dirtydrew says: May 21, 2013 3:05 PM

    Levi’s stadium is going to be awesome. After years at the ‘Stick, I can’t wait for 2014!

  11. purpwalk says: May 21, 2013 3:06 PM

    good choice. cali rocks!

  12. ispokethetruth says: May 21, 2013 3:07 PM

    This was pretty obvious.

    And Miami loses out again to Houston, wow how unfortunate.

  13. sampsonswag01 says: May 21, 2013 3:07 PM

    Nice segue of the head to head SF vs Miami. Nicely done PFT.

  14. mtchainsmoker says: May 21, 2013 3:08 PM

    Early reports are that Boy George, George Michael, and Justin Bieber are going to perform at halftime.

  15. wagerhope says: May 21, 2013 3:09 PM

    Gonna be fun to watch the House of Strauss host a Super Bowl!

  16. niners816 says: May 21, 2013 3:09 PM

    It’ll be even sweeter when they win super bowl L in their home stadium! Go Niners!

  17. twilson962 says: May 21, 2013 3:10 PM

    45 miles from San Fran to Santa Clara. That’s like Baltimore playing in DC.

  18. heyguru1969 says: May 21, 2013 3:11 PM

    While nobody is clammoring to visit Houston in February, the Texans probably havea leg up based on the politics of disarray in South Florida. That Marlins deal was one of the great sports debacles of all time, goading the public into building a palace and then putting an inferior product on the field after a fire sale. Billionaires are finding an unsympathetic ear with the public, who still feel duped from the last episode. Touch stove once: HOT!

  19. pem34 says: May 21, 2013 3:11 PM

    Good for SF and Santa Clara – great place to spend a weekend.

    But in all honesty – just pick a place (or build a special stadium) for the super bowl. shoot – have it in Hawaii in something (the people going to the game can afford it) – there are what 27/28 cities that support NFL franchises and other than NJ have 0% chance of ever hosting a Super Bowl. So play it in the same place every year – let these cities save both the money and the related hysteria (Miami) over it.

  20. ctiggs says: May 21, 2013 3:11 PM

    Here we go NINERS here we go!!!!!

  21. ninerssince84 says: May 21, 2013 3:13 PM

    Niners!

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

    Kapernick, Harbaugh & CO will be holding up the trophy………… at home!!

  23. rohlo says: May 21, 2013 3:19 PM

    jaggedmark says:
    May 21, 2013 3:00 PM
    Good chance this will be when the host city finally wins the Super Bowl

    they always say that when a team is good and announced their city will host the superbowl..yet they forget alot can happen in that 3 year period where the host cities team ends up being mediocre by the time the sperbowl gets there.. ask new orleans,tampa,dallas,indy how that has worked out!!! alot can happen between now and 2016..the 49ers could be mdiocre just as quickly as thye became good again!

  24. cali49er707 says: May 21, 2013 3:20 PM

    Its a great day for the bay area. I know 9er fans are juiced to be able to show off the new stadium with real possibility of the 9ers being in the game.

  25. markchmurasbabysitter says: May 21, 2013 3:24 PM

    Great! There will be plenty of parking in the bay for the longboats as the the Norseman arrive for their game. #SKOL

  26. John says: May 21, 2013 3:31 PM

    I kinda hoped the 49ers would host SuperBowl 49, but whatever, 50 (or L) is very nice indeed. Go Har-pernick, go!

  27. judsonjr says: May 21, 2013 3:36 PM

    Awesome, I’ll now only have a 5 minute walk to the lightrail to watch the Packers win the Superbowl.

    Also, while unlikely, it does bring up the humorous situation where the Niners and Raiders could meet in the Superbowl. That probably wouldn’t do anything to help the local economy.

  28. scd7 says: May 21, 2013 3:37 PM

    pem34 said:

    But in all honesty – just pick a place (or build a special stadium) for the super bowl. shoot – have it in Hawaii in something (the people going to the game can afford it) – there are what 27/28 cities that support NFL franchises and other than NJ have 0% chance of ever hosting a Super Bowl. So play it in the same place every year – let these cities save both the money and the related hysteria (Miami) over it.

    ———————–

    I like that idea!

    Or, make it a perk for the city of winning the superbowl. For example, the winner of the SB this year has the option to host the SB in 3 years. After the next 3 ‘voted on’ SB hosts, the SB winners would be hosting. There’s one way to get the game up north…

  29. asimonetti88 says: May 21, 2013 3:38 PM

    It looks like an awesome stadium! I really want to go. As a 49ers fan, I can only hope they maintain their level of play long enough to compete for this Super Bowl. So much can change in 3 seasons!

  30. elwaysmilehighdenver says: May 21, 2013 3:41 PM

    San Fran is an awesome city. Congrats on getting the Super Bowl for your new stadium.

  31. whatnojets says: May 21, 2013 3:46 PM

    The New Yor Jets will win that Super Bowl game.

    I garuantee it
    _Rex Ryan

  32. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: May 21, 2013 3:47 PM

    Niners already won a Super Bowl at home dummies….1985 @ Stanford Stadium

  33. norcalmikey says: May 21, 2013 3:48 PM

    How about we just call it Santa Clara and not San Franciscoclara Florio.

  34. taintedsaints2009 says: May 21, 2013 3:51 PM

    Good. I’m happy stadiums like Miami and New Orleans are probably never going to host another one again until they update their crap stadiums.

  35. 1phd says: May 21, 2013 3:55 PM

    Who’s got it better than us?! NOBODY!!

  36. justintuckrule says: May 21, 2013 3:55 PM

    To all fans west of the nexus of the universe who hope that the Meadowlands SB is a fail, we hope that the SF bowl suffers blackouts during an epic monsoonal rain storm.

  37. jamaltimore says: May 21, 2013 3:55 PM

    Looks like Harbaugh west finally has something to brag to his brother about:) John wins superbowls, Jim gets to host other teams playing the superbowl!

    Hopefully they’ll be able to keep the lights on for this game! Especially since they will probably be another AFC team from the GREAT AFC NORTH playing in L!

    BLACK AND PURPLE! WORLD CHAMPIONS

  38. scuffeduptusks says: May 21, 2013 3:59 PM

    As a Raider fan, I couldn’t care any less about anything “49ers”…but I have to admit that once completed it looks like it will be a very impressive facility.

  39. raiderssf says: May 21, 2013 4:15 PM

    I am happy for those folks in the South Bay and hopefully the Raiders and Niners will both make it. A Bay Bridge Super Bowl, with the same results as the 1989 Bay Bridge World Series, an Oakland win. Regardless, the 49ers do deserve credit on all this, good job.

  40. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: May 21, 2013 4:34 PM

    …no earthquake doe, unless its to swallow up the oakland raiders into the black hole abyss for good

  41. catfanatic1979v1 says: May 21, 2013 4:36 PM

    Soooooo……… the Santa Clara 49ers then?

  42. geemoney713 says: May 21, 2013 4:39 PM

    Wouldn’t San Francisclara be better than San Franciscoclara?

  43. mazblast says: May 21, 2013 4:39 PM

    This always happens. I remember all the way back to how sure a thing it was that the Dolphins would be in Super Bowl X in Miami (it was Steelers-Cowboys). Or Invincible Dallas a few years ago. Or the Saints last year. Or many others over the years, usually Miami.

    Remember, almost every team has been in the Super Bowl at least once. A home field Super Bowl hasn’t happened yet, but it’s likely to happen someday. It may not be as much of an advantage as some think, what with the weird schedule of events during SB Week and the replacement of true home fans with out-of-towners who are either fans of neither team or fans of the opponent.

  44. deelron says: May 21, 2013 4:57 PM

    Can we just call it San Francisco, like we call East Rutherford New York or Arlington Dallas?

  45. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: May 21, 2013 5:00 PM

    Rams, this could’ve been you if you’d just moved back to LA and built a new stadium in SANTA CLARITA…

    -Georgia Frontiere

  46. ravensdominate says: May 21, 2013 5:06 PM

    San this, Santa that.. On the east coast all we know is Santa clause and it’s like Christmas in bmore cus we’re world champs baby!!!!

    Go Ravens!!!

    West coast is weak.

  47. 12thmanseattle says: May 21, 2013 5:07 PM

    Beautiful! now ill only have to drive 12 hours to watch the seahawks win the super bowl

  48. Shinnbone says: May 21, 2013 5:10 PM

    Can you imagine how many tickets Aaron Rodgers is gonna need for this one, should be great winning the SB in front of his friends and family. #Can’tWait!

  49. fearthehoody says: May 21, 2013 5:37 PM

    NorCOW is a dump! Wait till LA gets our stadium

  50. jchuber says: May 21, 2013 6:29 PM

    A super bowl is worth a lot of money!
    So why are we rewarding warm cities with super bowls? And penalizing cold cities?

    The reward for having the best record in the league should be home field advantage and hosting the SB. Same rule should be used for all playoff games.

    I realize some of you wuses don’ like the cold, but teams need to reward their fans and cities.

  51. mmsierra says: May 21, 2013 6:31 PM

    The 49ers Actually wanted to build their stadium in SF

    But, the mayor at the tiem, Gavin Nuisance decided he’d tell the 49ers where to put the Stadium

    The 49ers told little Gavin where to put it

    Thanks, Gavin

  52. mmsierra says: May 21, 2013 6:34 PM

    12thmanseattle says:
    May 21, 2013 5:07 PM
    Beautiful! now ill only have to drive 12 hours to watch the seahawks win the super bowl
    ================================
    12 hours in 30 years
    They should be ready to play in the Super Bowl by 2043

  53. peytonsneck18 says: May 21, 2013 7:03 PM

    i hope theres not alot of “rainbow warrior” there, u know SF is knowned for them

  54. ridgebak says: May 21, 2013 7:16 PM

    12thmanseattle says: May 21, 2013 5:07 PM

    Beautiful! now ill only have to drive 12 hours to watch the seahawks win the super bowl

    ————————————–

    Or you can spend 12 hours in the drunk tank with the seahawks.

  55. 8man says: May 21, 2013 7:27 PM

    Santa Fraclara. It’s all I got…

  56. pgilbert15303 says: May 21, 2013 7:43 PM

    Blacknole, the 49ers won at Stanford which is in there back yard. It was their home town (quick geography lesson. The 49ers home office is in Santa Clara 17 miles from Palo Alto).

    Go Golden State 49ers!!!!

  57. dumbolt says: May 21, 2013 7:44 PM

    SC 49ers

  58. cchicinfan says: May 21, 2013 7:54 PM

    49faithful says: May 21, 2013 3:05 PM

    Can’t wait!! The fact that the events will actually be in S.F. make it that much better!!

    I could understand the excitement but isn’t Santa Clara like 40 miles and a mountain range away from San Francisco?

  59. pgilbert15303 says: May 21, 2013 7:59 PM

    Dumbolt… Intel employee or Great America employee?

  60. commonsensedude says: May 21, 2013 8:00 PM

    Two words: bring flashlights!

  61. pgilbert15303 says: May 21, 2013 8:02 PM

    Dumbolt, you’re a Santa Clara guy(I used to live in Santa Clara and worked in Mountain View).

    Let’s say you can’t call them the Santa Clara 49ers. What would you name them? SJ? Big Sur? I like the Carmel 49ers… JK…

  62. sfniners4life says: May 22, 2013 12:47 AM

    Niners already won a sb in there backyard just not there front yard the stick. I didn’t realize that Houston hasn’t had a sb and it seems to be a nice looking venue on tv but unfortattly back to being shadowed in Texas to Jerry’s world. I can’t stand the cowboys but jj world is in another level then anyone else in venue for a sb

  63. fishyinalittledishy says: May 22, 2013 2:37 AM

    Glad for San Fran but to be honest i dont like the look of the stadium bits here bits there looks almost unfinished. But maybe it will look better in the flesh.

  64. kev86 says: May 22, 2013 8:47 AM

    Frisco seems like an odd choice but whatever.

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