Super Day In Houston? NFL Owners Set To Decide On 2017 Big Game

Tomorrow is a big day for Houston's Super Bowl prospects as NFL owners meet in Boston to vote on host cities for the 2016 and 2017 games. Houston's bid for Super Bowl 51 looks quite a bit different than it did when Houston hosted the big game in 2004.


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At the 2004 Super Bowl in Reliant Stadium, the big story wasn’t really, the game. It was Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction that got all the headlines.

Now, Houston’s Super Bowl committee is hoping it will get another chance to impress the world with its improved city. Ric Campo is heading Houston’s Super Bowl efforts and says things have changed here since 2004.

“Discovery Green didn’t exist. The east-west light rail didn’t exist. We’ll have a new 1000-room Marriott hotel that will be finished by 2016. We’ll have the Texas Cultural Heritage Center in place. There’s just a lot of stuff that has gone on that has improved the Houston experience overall.”

Campo will have 15 minutes to convince NFL owners that Houston is the place for Super Bowl 51. Texans owner Bob McNair will then have five minutes to make his case before the 32 owners vote. They’ll have first decided on a host city for Super Bowl 50 between San Francisco and Miami. The loser then goes against Houston for the right to host the big game in 2017.

“The first ballot, the winner has to have two-thirds of the owner’s votes, so I guess that’s 24 out of 32. And then they do another vote if they don’t get a winner. And then the third vote is a simple majority.”

Campo says Houston has had a chance to clarify its bid with the NFL since the final proposal was submitted earlier this month.

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