South Florida Primed To Bid For '19 Super Bowl In Wake Of Stadium Renovation Deal
With the "modernization of Sun Life Stadium ready to proceed, South Florida's Super Bowl officials are eager to make a strong push" for the '19 game, according to Craig Davis of the South Florida SUN-SENTINEL. NFL owners "will determine in October which cities ... will be invited to bid for the right" to host the event. South Florida Super Bowl Committee Chair Rodney Barreto said, "I think this is going to be something spectacular. The improvements are going to be incredible. It's been long overdue." Barreto: "They really love coming to South Florida. The last time I talked to (NFL Commissioner) Roger Goodell he spoke highly of the whole region and he wanted to come back. His message was, 'Wake up, you've got to be competitive with everybody else.'" Davis noted one of the provisions in the agreement with Miami-Dade County is "that for future Super Bowls the headquarters of the participating teams, as well as the league's center of operations, the media center and NFL Experience, be based in the county." That would "preclude a repeat" of '10 when Broward County "hosted most Super Bowl-related activities." But Barreto said that there will "be plenty of Super Bowl benefits throughout the region when the Super Bowl returns" (SUN-SENTINEL.com, 6/18).