The 50th Super Bowl, Super Bowl L, will be played at the new Levi’s Stadium in 2016, the NFL announced today.
Levi’s Stadium, which is located in Santa Clara and is currently under construction, opens in August 2014 and will be the new home of the San Francisco 49ers. It will also be the home of college football’s Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl beginning in 2014.
The stadium is being built at a cost of $1.2 billion. Officially, it will seat 68,500 but can be expanded to 75,000.
The San Francisco Bay Area has previously hosted only one Super Bowl, Super Bowl XIX. In that contest back in 1985, the 49ers defeated the Miami Dolphins 38-16.
The NFL also announced today that the 51st Super Bowl, Super Bowl LI, has been awarded to the city of Houston and will be played at Reliant Stadium in 2017.
Reliant Stadium opened in 2002 and has an official seating capacity of 71,054. It is home to the Houston Texans and many other events, such as RodeoHouston, college football, soccer, concerts, and more.
Reliant hosted Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004, which saw the New England Patriots defeat the Carolina Panthers 32-29.
Future Super Bowl Schedule
- 2014 – MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
- 2015 – University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
- 2016 – Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
- 2017 – Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX