Bay Area Awaits Word On Whether 49ers Will Host Super Bowl 2016

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A meeting of 32 National Football League team owners in Boston this morning will determine whether the San Francisco 49ers will host the Super Bowl in 2016 at their new stadium in Santa Clara.

The 49ers are competing with the Miami Dolphins to host Super Bowl L. Santa Clara's mayor and City Council will be watching live coverage of the NFL's decision starting at 11:30 a.m. in City Council chambers at City Hall, city spokesman Dan Beerman said.

"Everyone's excited," Beerman said. "We'll probably cheer when and if we get anointed. Then the work begins." San Francisco city officials are also anxiously awaiting the decision.

"We're on the five-yard line and ready to go," Mayor Ed Lee said Monday.

Jed York, the 49ers' CEO, gave his team's 15-minute presentation and representatives of the Miami organization delivered theirs at the Boston meeting, and now it's up to team owners to select the winning bid, Beerman said.

If Santa Clara's $1.2 billion Levi Stadium is selected to host the contest, the next step to listen to what the NFL wants the city and the 49ers to do to prepare for the big game.

"Based on any recommendations the NFL has, we start almost the next day," Beerman said.

The losing bidder will be considered as a potential host for the Super Bowl in 2017.


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