What does it take for South Florida to be able to host Super Bowl L in 2016? Apparently, a lot of money and improvements to Sun Life Stadium. Even though South Florida has hosted the most Super Bowls, it is competing against San Francisco.
San Francisco has a $1.2 billion stadium, which is very hard to compete against. During this bid process, Sun Life will be closely watched and any small detail can derail the NFL’s decision from choosing South Florida. The NFL has recommended that Sun Life make improvements, such as building a roof, but Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said he sent the application to host Super Bowl L was submitted with Sun Life Stadium “as is”.
The other issue at hand is if improvements at Sun Life Stadium are to be done, will taxpayers be willing to take the bill to make the necessary upgrades? Right now, it is all still being discussed within the current owners about ways to finance these improvements. They have six months to put a plan together since NFL owners will decide which stadium will host Super Bowl L during a meeting next May. On the bright side, if South Florida does not get to host Super Bowl L, they can compete against Houston for Super Bowl LI in 2017.