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Houston's Super Bowl Bid Committee Introduces James Baker As Honorary Chair
Published February 26, 2013
DIFFERENCE MAKER: McNair said that Baker “can influence owners on his reputation alone.” McNair: “In most cases, it would not make a difference. In his case, he's such a respected figure that it'll register with the owners.” Baker: “Hopefully, they will be able to think well for what I've done for this country. I would expect to be able to sit down and talk to them and try to convince them that Houston is indeed the best venue for the 51st Super Bowl.” McNair and Campo said that the city “will make a more enticing pitch this time, with a 1,000-room hotel scheduled to open downtown in 2016 and an east-west light-rail line downtown expected to be running by April 2014.” The AP’s Chris Duncan noted Reliant Stadium “will have the largest scoreboards in any venue in the world.” But a “key sticking point in the whole process is the fate of the Astrodome, which sits unused and rotting next door to Reliant Stadium" (AP, 2/25).