A young team with an ostensibly long championship window ahead like the San Francisco 49ers probably wouldn’t mind too much about having to wait until 2016 to host the Super Bowl in their new Santa Clara venue. According to reports, this is fairly close to a done deal even in the minds of competitors for this privilege like Miami.
“There’s a lot riding on it,” said San Francisco Travel Association CEO Joe D’Alessandro, according to the Monterey Herald. “But it’s just not all on the pitch. (That) is really the final little piece of it; frankly, many of the owners might have made up their minds already.”
The 49ers possess about as a good a chance as any team at nabbing that elusive home Super Bowl appearance. The team heads into the 2013 campaign with good young pieces as key positions such as quarterback Colin Kaepernick, running backs Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James, linebackers NaVorro Bowman, Patrick Willis and Aldon Smith, along with most areas of the roster.
No team has ever hosted the Super Bowl the same year that they emerged from their respective conference. The New Orleans Saints seemed a decent bet for 2012 before Bountygate was dropped on them.
Super Bowls L and LI will be handed out to two cities this week for 2016 and 2017, while 2014 belong with MetLife Stadium in the New Meadowlands and 2015 went to University of Phoenix Stadium. The New York Jets present a longshot and the New York Giants a puncher’s chance in 2014, while the Arizona Cardinals seem more than two years away.