Houston Could Host 2017 Super Bowl

After yesterday's announcement that Houston is in the running for the 2017 Super Bowl, Mayor Annise Parker says the city will put in an aggressive bid to get the game.

Houston hosted the Super Bowl in 2004 to great acclaim from visitors and residents.

Now the city is attempting to duplicate that success, minus any halftime show wardrobe malfunctions, by snagging the 2017 game.

Mayor Annise Parker says Houston should be in the rotation for all the biggest sporting events.

“We’re glad to be in the mix and we’ll continue to compete, whether it’s baseball, football, basketball, soccer and any other sport you can think of, we want to be at the table trying to bring those games to Houston.”

Parker says winning a Super Bowl bid is a political process and the city will do its best to beat out its competitor.

“It’s a very competitive process. It involves the intra-organization politics of the NFL. It’s not just about what the city has to offer, we know we can do a Super Bowl, the NFL knows we can do a Super Bowl. It’s all the other things that they ask around it.”

San Francisco and Miami are in competition for the 2016 Super Bowl. Whichever city loses that bid will compete against Houston for the 2017 game.  

NFL owners are expected to make a decision on the 2017 game early next year.


Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson


Laurie is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Laurie has covered a wide variety of topics for HPM, including the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and numerous elections. She is a frequent contributor to NPR and has been...

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