49ers to Host Super Bowl 2016 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara
By KRON 4 Staff
Tue May 21st, 2013 12:31pm America/Los_Angeles
The San Francisco 49ers have been selected to host the 2016 Super Bowl at their new stadium in Santa Clara.
The decision was announced late this morning after a vote by 32 National Football League team owners at a meeting in Boston today.
Dozens of people gathered in Santa Clara City Council chambers at City Hall to watch live coverage of the NFL’s decision. When the news was announced, the room filled with cheers as fans waved red rally rags bearing the 49ers logo.
A jubilant Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews said, “Before we built a stadium, we landed the 50th Super Bowl.”
The NFL team owners chose the 49ers’ $1.2 billion Levi’s Stadium to serve as the site for Super Bowl Lover a competing bid by the Miami Dolphins. The 49ers are planning to move from Candlestick Park to the new 68,500-seat stadium in Santa Clara in 2014.
Matthews said that when he heard the game would be played in his city, “a shot of electricity came through me.”
He said it is estimated that a Super Bowl brings between $300 and $500 million in economic benefits to the surrounding region.
“I was not building a stadium, I was building an ATM machine,” Matthews said of efforts to push the project forward.
Accompanied by his wife Julie, Matthews said he was exhausted from the emotional “roller coaster” involved in the Super Bowl bid, and that he was heading home to take a nap.
He thanked San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee for his efforts in the process.
Lee learned the Super Bowl news during a ceremony this morning to honor the Golden State Warriors and point guard Stephen Curry for their NBA playoff run. The announcement drew cheers from the crowd at City Hall.
Jed York, 49ers CEO, said at a noon news conference in Boston, “There’s a lot of things that were going in our favor. I think it was the overwhelming support from the community that made the difference.”
“I think it shows that the 49ers try to win with class on and off the field, and this is one of those examples off the field,” York said.
It was also announced this morning that Houston will host the Super Bowl in 2017.
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