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NFL CONFIRMS THAT SUPER BOWL XXXIII WON'T BE IN S.F.
Published March 19, 1996
The NFL announced yesterday Super Bowl XXXIII, originally scheduled to be held in San Francisco, will be held elsewhere, according to the S.F. CHRONICLE. The city will still host a Super Bowl, but when that will happen "is still up in the air." After a weekend meeting with Mayor Willie Brown, 49ers President Carmen Policy and S.F. Convention and Visitors Bureau President John Marks, NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue agreed to let San Francisco host the Super Bowl a year after a new stadium is built. The NFL says, ideally, the game would be played in 2001 or 2002. Brown and the 49ers are negotiating how to finance a new stadium. Some sources say an announcement could come this week, others say longer (S.F. CHRONICLE, 3/19). The NFL is expected to address the 2001 and 2002 Super Bowls at its annual meeting in October. Finalists for '99 and 2000: Atlanta, Arizona, L.A., South FL and Tampa (Clark Judge, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 3/19). Vikings President Roger Headrick says there is a good chance the Metrodome could be the site of the 2002 Super Bowl if the Twins get a new baseball-only stadium (Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 3/17).