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New Orleans Looks To Host '18 Super Bowl; Houston Relying On Experience For '17 Bid
Published October 18, 2012
EXPERIENCE MATTERS: In Houston, John McClain wrote the success of Super Bowl XXXVIII in '04 "could help land" the city Super Bowl LI in '17. Texans President Jamey Rootes said, "Any time you do something for the first time, it’s a lot easier the second time and the third time, and so we've got a very experienced crew. The same folks who have been involved from the beginning when we hosted in 2004 will be around the table. ... We know a lot more about what the ownership is looking for and how those decisions are made. It’s a very interesting process, and I think we've got a good handle on how we can go about setting ourselves up to win." He added, "The more times you come to the table -- and now we’re in a position where we’re being asked to come to the table -- eventually something good will happen for you." McClain wrote the roof at Reliant Stadium "could give the Texans an advantage over the competition" (CHRON.com, 10/17).
WELCOME TO MIAMI: In regards to South Florida's bid to host Super Bowl L, Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said NFL Senior VP/Events Frank Supovitz and the Super Bowl Advisory Committee "were clear that renovations were not a condition precedent to South Florida’s invitation to bid." Dee: "We have to assemble the best possible bid package, and I’m sure the Host Committee will be focused on a number of factors, including Sun Life Stadium, the communities that participate in the bid, and where the core of Super Bowl activities will take place. ... We've got to do everything we can to put the best venue on the table. How exactly will that factor into the bid? I don’t know" (MIAMIDOLPHINS.com, 10/17).