May 262013
 

The Super Bowl bidding process is highly competitive. Cities offer the NFL all kinds of promises and incentives in hopes of being selected as a Super Bowl site. Some cities have a clear advantage when it comes to hosting a Super Bowl. Those are the cities you commonly see bidding and subsequently hosting Super Bowls. But in the history of the process, there have been a few surprise bids from cities that were clearly making a shot in the dark for the Super Bowl.

Believe it or not Montreal, QB, and Philadelphia, PA, once made formal bids to host the Super Bowl. Listed below is a breakdown by Super Bowl of every city that has made an official bid during the “finalist stage” of league’s Super Bowl selection meeting/voting.

Proposed Super Bowl Sites

Note: Stadium names are listed by the venue’s current name.  Not the name of the venue when it hosted the Super Bowl (i.e. Joe Robbie Stadium is listed as Sun Life Stadium).

Super Bowl I (1)
City Stadium Vote  
Los Angeles, CA L.A. Coliseum Bid Accepted  
Houston, TX Astrodome Bid Rejected  
Miami, FL Orange Bowl Bid Rejected  
New Orleans, LA Tulane Stadium Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl II (2)
City Stadium Vote  
Miami, FL Orange Bowl Bid Accepted  
Dallas, TX Cotton Bowl Bid Rejected  
Los Angeles, CA L.A. Coliseum Bid Rejected  
Houston, TX Astrodome Bid Rejected  
New Orleans, LA Tulane Stadium Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl III (3)
City Stadium Vote  
Miami, FL Orange Bowl Bid Accepted  
New Orleans, LA Tulane Stadium Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl IV (4)
City Stadium Vote  
New Orleans, LA Tulane Stadium Bid Accepted  
Miami, FL Orange Bowl Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl V (5)
City Stadium Vote  
Miami, FL Orange Bowl Bid Accepted  
Los Angeles, CA L.A. Coliseum Bid Rejected  
New Orleans, LA Tulane Stadium Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl VI (6)
City Stadium Vote  
New Orleans, LA Tulane Stadium Bid Accepted  
Houston, TX Astrodome Bid Rejected  
Houston, TX Rice Stadium Bid Rejected  
Irving, TX Texas Stadium Bid Rejected  
Jacksonville, FL Gator Bowl Bid Rejected  
Los Angeles, CA L.A. Coliseum Bid Rejected  
Miami, FL Orange Bowl Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl VII (7) / VIII (8)
Note: The NFL selected the locations for SB 7 and SB 8 at the same meeting.  
City Stadium Vote  
Los Angeles, CA L.A. Coliseum Bid Accepted Super Bowl VII
Houston, TX Rice Stadium Bid Accepted Super Bowl VIII
Miami, FL Orange Bowl Bid Rejected  
New Orleans, LA Tulane Stadium Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl IX (9) / X (10)
Notes: SB 9 was originally going to be played at the Superdome in New Orleans, LA, but construction delays forced the NFL to move the game to Tulane Stadium. The NFL also considered moving the game to the L.A. Coliseum, in Los Angeles, CA. | The NFL selected the locations for SB 9 and SB 10 at the same meeting.  
City Stadium Vote  
New Orleans, LA Tulane Stadium (see above) Bid Accepted Super Bowl IX
Miami, FL Orange Bowl Bid Accepted Super Bowl X
Los Angeles, CA L.A. Coliseum Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl XI (11)
Note: The Orange Bowl in Miami, FL made a bid for SB 12 but the NFL was only taking bids for SB XI.  
City Stadium Vote  
Pasadena, CA Rose Bowl Bid Accepted  
Dallas, TX Cotton Bowl Bid Rejected  
Houston, TX Rice Stadium Bid Rejected  
Los Angeles, CA L.A. Coliseum Bid Rejected  
Montreal, QB Olympic Stadium Bid Rejected  
New Orleans, LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl XII (12)
City Stadium Vote  
New Orleans, LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome Bid Accepted  
Dallas, TX Cotton Bowl Bid Rejected  
Houston, TX Rice Stadium Bid Rejected  
Los Angeles, CA L.A. Coliseum Bid Rejected  
Miami, FL Orange Bowl Bid Rejected  
Pasadena, CA Rose Bowl Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl XIII (13) / XIV (14)
Note: The NFL selected the locations for SB 13 and SB 14 at the same meeting.  
City Stadium Vote  
Miami, FL Orange Bowl Bid Accepted Super Bowl XIII
Pasadena, CA Rose Bowl Bid Accepted Super Bowl XIV
Dallas, TX Cotton Bowl Bid Rejected  
Houston, TX Rice Stadium Bid Rejected  
Los Angeles, CA L.A. Coliseum Bid Rejected  
New Orleans, LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome Bid Rejected  
Pontiac, MI Silverdome Bid Rejected  
Seattle, WA Kingdome Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl XV (15) / XVI (16) / XVII (17)
Note: The NFL selected the locations for SB 15, SB 16, and SB 17I at the same meeting.  
City Stadium Vote  
Pontiac, MI Silverdome Bid Accepted Super Bowl XVI
New Orleans, LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome Bid Accepted Super Bowl XV
Pasadena, CA Rose Bowl Bid Accepted Super Bowl XVII
Dallas?/Irving, TX? Cotton Bowl?/Texas Stadium? Bid Rejected  
Houston, TX Rice Stadium Bid Rejected  
Los Angeles, CA L.A. Coliseum Bid Rejected  
Miami, FL Orange Bowl Bid Rejected  
Seattle, WA Kingdome Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl XVIII (18)
City Stadium Vote  
Tampa, FL Tampa Stadium Bid Accepted  
Dallas?/Irving, TX? Cotton Bowl?/Texas Stadium? Bid Rejected  
Miami, FL Orange Bowl Bid Rejected  
New Orleans, LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome Bid Rejected  
Pasadena, CA Rose Bowl Bid Rejected  
Pontiac, MI Silverdome Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl XIX (19) / XX (20)
Note: The NFL selected the locations for SB 19 and SB 20 at the same meeting.  
City Stadium Vote  
Stanford, CA Stanford Stadium Bid Accepted Super Bowl XIX
New Orleans, LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome Bid Accepted Super Bowl XX
Anaheim, CA Anaheim Stadium Bid Rejected  
Houston, TX Rice Stadium Bid Rejected  
Jacksonville, FL Gator Bowl Bid Rejected  
Miami, FL Orange Bowl Bid Rejected  
Pasadena, CA Rose Bowl Bid Rejected  
Pontiac, MI Silverdome Bid Rejected  
Seattle, WA Kingdome Bid Rejected  
Tampa, FL Tampa Stadium Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl XXI (21) / XXII (22)
Note: The NFL selected the locations for SB 21 and SB 22 at the same meeting.  
City Stadium Vote  
Pasadena, CA Rose Bowl Bid Accepted Super Bowl XXI
San Diego, CA Qualcomm Stadium Bid Accepted Super Bowl XXII
Anaheim, CA Anaheim Stadium Bid Rejected  
Houston, TX Astrodome?/Rice Stadium? Bid Rejected  
Jacksonville, FL Gator Bowl Bid Rejected  
Miami Gardens, FL Sun Life Stadium Bid Rejected  
Minneapolis, MN Metrodome Bid Rejected  
New Orleans, LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome Bid Rejected  
Philadelphia, PA Veterans Stadium Bid Rejected  
Pontiac, MI Silverdome Bid Rejected  
Seattle, WA Kingdome Bid Rejected  
Stanford, CA Stanford Stadium Bid Rejected  
Tampa, FL Tampa Stadium Bid Rejected  
Tempe, AZ Sun Devil Stadium Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl XXIII (23) / XXIV (24)
Note: The NFL selected the locations for SB 23 and SB 24 at the same meeting.  
City Stadium Vote  
Miami Gardens, FL Sun Life Stadium Bid Accepted Super Bowl XXIII
New Orleans, LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome Bid Accepted Super Bowl XXIV
Anaheim, CA Anaheim Stadium Bid Rejected  
Houston, TX Astrodome?/Rice Stadium? Bid Rejected  
Jacksonville, FL Gator Bowl Bid Rejected  
Minneapolis, MN Metrodome Bid Rejected  
Philadelphia, PA Veterans Stadium Bid Rejected  
Pontiac, MI Silverdome Bid Rejected  
Seattle, WA Kingdome Bid Rejected  
Stanford, CA Stanford Stadium Bid Rejected  
Tampa, FL Tampa Stadium Bid Rejected  
Tempe, AZ Sun Devil Stadium Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl XXV (25)
City Stadium Vote  
Tampa, FL Tampa Stadium Bid Accepted  
Anaheim, CA Anaheim Stadium Bid Rejected  
Los Angeles, CA L.A. Coliseum Bid Rejected  
Miami Gardens, FL Sun Life Stadium Bid Rejected  
San Diego, CA Qualcomm Stadium Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl XXVI (26)
City Stadium Vote  
Minneapolis, MN Metrodome Bid Accepted  
Indianapolis, IN RCA Dome Bid Rejected  
Pontiac, MI Silverdome Bid Rejected  
Seattle, WA Kingdome Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl XXVII (27)
Note: SB 27 I was originally going to be played at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ, but the NFL took the game away because the state of Arizona failed to recognize Martin Luthern King Jr. Day holiday. In a second vote the game was awarded to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.  
City Stadium Vote  
Tempe, AZ Sun Devil Stadium Bid Accepted  
Pasadena, CA Rose Bowl Bid Rejected  
San Diego, CA Qualcomm Stadium Bid Rejected  
       
Note: Second Vote (see above)  
City Stadium Vote  
Pasadena, CA Rose Bowl Bid Accepted  
San Diego, CA Qualcomm Stadium Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl XXVIII (28)
City Stadium Vote  
Atlanta, GA Georgia Dome Bid Accepted  
Miami Gardens, FL Sun Life Stadium Bid Rejected  
New Orleans, LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome Bid Rejected  
Tampa, FL Tampa Stadium Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl XXIX (29)
City Stadium Vote  
Miami Gardens, FL Sun Life Stadium Bid Accepted  
Houston, TX Astrodome Bid Rejected  
Tampa, FL Tampa Stadium Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl XXX (30)
Note: Sun Devil Stadium in Temple, AZ was awarded SB 30 after the state of Arizona recognized Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.  
City Stadium Vote  
Tempe, AZ Sun Devil Stadium Bid Accepted  
       
Super Bowl XXXI (31) / XXXII (32)
Note: The NFL selected the locations for SB 31 and SB 32 at the same meeting.  
City Stadium Vote  
New Orleans, LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome Bid Accepted Super Bowl XXXI
San Diego, CA Qualcomm Stadium Bid Accepted Super Bowl XXXII
Pasadena, CA Rose Bowl Bid Rejected  
Tampa, FL Tampa Stadium Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl XXXIII (33)
Note: SB 33 was originally going to be played at a renovated Candlestick Park (then known as 3Com Park) in San Francisco, CA, but the renovation plans fell through. In a second vote the game was awarded to Sun Life Stadium (then known as Joe Robbie Stadium) in the Miami, FL area.  
City Stadium Vote  
San Francisco, CA Candlestick Park Bid Accepted  
Miami Gardens, FL Sun Life Stadium Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl XXXIII (33) / XXXIV (34) / XXXV (35)
Note: Second Vote for SB 33 (see above) | The NFL selected the locations for SB 33, 34, and 35 at the same meeting.  
City Stadium Vote  
Miami Gardens, FL Sun Life Stadium Bid Accepted Super Bowl XXXIII
Atlanta, GA Georgia Dome Bid Accepted Super Bowl XXXIV
Tampa, FL Raymond James Stadium Bid Accepted Super Bowl XXXV
Tempe, AZ Sun Devil Stadium Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl XXXVI (36)
Note: The NFL considered moving SB 36 to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA, Sun Life Stadium (then known as Pro Player Stadium) in the Miami, FL area, or Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL, after there was a scheduling conflict in New Orleans following a schedule shift due the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001.  
City Stadium Vote  
New Orleans, LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome Bid Accepted  
San Diego, CA Qualcomm Stadium Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl XXXVII (37)
Note: SB 37 was originally going to be played at a new stadium being proposed in San Francisco, CA, but the construction plans fell through. In a second vote the game was awarded to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA.  
City Stadium Vote  
San Francisco, CA Proposed New Stadium Bid Accepted  
       
Note: Second Vote (see above)  
City Stadium Vote  
San Diego, CA Qualcomm Stadium Bid Accepted  
Miami Gardens, FL Sun Life Stadium Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl XXXVIII (38) / XXXIX (39) / XL (4o)
Note: The NFL selected the locations for SB 38, SB 39, and SB 40 at the same meeting. Houston, TX (SB 38) and Detroit, MI (SB 40) faced no competition.  
Super Bowl XXXVIII (38)  
City Stadium Vote  
Houston, TX Reliant Stadium Bid Accepted  
       
Super Bowl XXXIX (39)  
City Stadium Vote  
Jacksonville, FL EverBank Field Bid Accepted  
Miami Gardens, FL Sun Life Stadium Bid Rejected  
Oakland, CA O.co Coliseum Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl XL (40)  
City Stadium Vote  
Detroit, MI Ford Field Bid Accepted  
       
Super Bowl XLI (41)
Note: Sun Life Stadium (then known as Pro Player Stadium) in Miami Gardens, FL was the only city that was invited to submit a formal bid for SB 41.  
City Stadium Vote  
Miami Gardens, FL Sun Life Stadium Bid Accepted  
       
Super Bowl XLII (42)
City Stadium Vote  
Glendale, AZ University of Phoenix Stadium Bid Accepted  
Landover, MD FedEx Field Bid Rejected  
Tampa, FL Raymond James Stadium Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl XLIII (43)
City Stadium Vote  
Tampa, FL Raymond James Stadium Bid Accepted  
Atlanta, GA Georgia Dome Bid Rejected  
Houston, TX Reliant Stadium Bid Rejected  
Miami Gardens, FL Sun Life Stadium Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl XLIV (44)
Note: SB 44 was originally going to be played at a new stadium being proposed in New York (Manhattan), NY, but the construction plans fell through. In a second vote the game was awarded to Sun Life Stadium (then known as Pro Player Stadium) in Miami Gardens, FL.  
City Stadium Vote  
New York, NY Proposed New Stadium Bid Accepted  
       
Note: Second Vote (see above)  
City Stadium Vote  
Miami Gardens, FL Sun Life Stadium Bid Accepted  
Atlanta, GA Georgia Dome Bid Rejected  
Houston, TX Reliant Stadium Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl XLV (45)
City Stadium Vote  
Arlington, TX Cowboys Stadium Bid Accepted  
Glendale, AZ University of Phoenix Stadium Bid Rejected  
Indianapolis, IN Lucas Oil Stadium Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl XLVI (46)
City Stadium Vote  
Indianapolis, IN Lucas Oil Stadium Bid Accepted  
Glendale, AZ University of Phoenix Stadium Bid Rejected  
Houston, TX Reliant Stadium Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl XLVII (47)
City Stadium Vote  
New Orleans, LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome Bid Accepted  
Glendale, AZ University of Phoenix Stadium Bid Rejected  
Miami Gardens, FL Sun Life Stadium Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl XLVIII (48)
City Stadium Vote  
East Rutherford, NJ MetLife Stadium Bid Accepted  
Miami Gardens, FL Sun Life Stadium Bid Rejected  
Tampa, FL Raymond James Stadium Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl XLIX (49)
Note: SB 49 was originally going to be played at a renovated Arrowhead Stadium (with a roof) being proposed but the construction plans fell through. In a second vote the game was awarded to University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ.  
City Stadium Vote  
Kansas City, MO Arrowhead Stadium Bid Accepted  
       
Note: Second Vote (see above)  
City Stadium Vote  
Glendale, AZ University of Phoenix Stadium Bid Accepted  
Tampa, FL Raymond James Stadium Bid Rejected  
       
Super Bowl L (50) / LI (51)
Note: The NFL selected the locations for SB 50 and SB 51 at the same meeting… Even though it was mostly just a pie-in-the-sky dream, there was some speculation that the NFL would award SB 50 to the Los Angeles area. The first-ever SB was played in L.A., and for the game’s 50th aniversay it only seemed fitting to host the game where it all began. However, without any kind of stadium plans in place, L.A. never even submitted a bid to host SB 50.  
City Stadium  Vote   
Santa Clara, CA Levi’s Stadium Bid Accepted Super Bowl L
Houston, TX Reliant Stadium Bid Accepted Super Bowl LI
Miami Gardens, FL Sun Life Stadium Bid Rejected  
       
     

 

Note: The figures below include all bids as a finalist in the Super Bowl host voting.

Bids by Metro Area

  • The Miami metro area has submitted 28 bids during the Super Bowl host selection process; more than any other metro area. Followed by the Los Angeles metro area (25 bids), and the New Orleans metro area (20 bids).
  • The metro area of New Orleans has been awarded the Super Bowl 10 out of the 20 times they have bid for the game; that’s the highest acceptance percentage (50%) among the metro areas that have been awarded a Super Bowl on more than six occasions.
  • The metro area of Houston has submitted 18 bids during the Super Bowl host selection process, but they have only been awarded the game three times (17%); the lowest percentage among metro areas that have hosted at least one Super Bowl.
  • The metro area of Seattle has made six formal bids to host a Super Bowl, but they have never been awarded the game. That’s the most Super Bowl bids a metro area has submitted without ever hosting the game.
  • On eight occasions city/stadium groups from the same metro area have competed as finalists at a Super Bowl host selection meeting; SB 5 (Houston: Astrodome & Rice Stadium), SB 11|SB 12|SB 13/14 (Los Angeles: L.A. Coliseum & Rose Bowl), SB 19/20|SB 21/22 (Los Angeles: Anaheim Stadium & Rose Bowl). SB 15/16/17|SB 25 (L.A. Coliseum & Rose Bowl).

 

Bids by State

  • The state of Florida has submitted a total of 46 bids during the Super Bowl host selection process; more than any other state. Followed by California (39 bids) and Texas (26 bids).
  • The state of Texas has made 26 bids to host a Super Bowl, but they have only been awarded the game four times (15%); the lowest percentage among states that have hosted at least one Super Bowl.
  • The state of California had four different cities (Anaheim, Pasadena, San Diego, and Stanford) submit bids to host either Super Bowl XXI or Super Bowl XXII. It was the most bids by a single state in a Super Bowl selection meeting.

 

Additional Info

  • There were 14 different cities that submitted bids for Super Bowl XXI/XXII. It was the most proposals the NFL ever received at a host selection meeting.
  • Three different “cold weather” cities have submitted Super Bowl bids to the NFL without the promise of an indoor venue: SB 48 (East Rutherford, NJ – Bid Accepted), SB 21/22| SB/23/24 (Philadelphia, PA), and SB 42 (Landover, MD).
  • On four different occasions the NFL has awarded a city the Super Bowl only to take it away on a later date: SB 27 (Tempe, AZ, moved to Pasadena, CA), SB 33 (San Francisco, CA, moved to Miami Gardens, FL), SB 37 (San Francisco, CA, moved to San Diego, CA), and SB 49 (Kansas City, MO, moved to Glendale, AZ). The last three moves were due to failures by the cities to finalize promised stadium construction/renovations.

 

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  6 Responses to “Proposed Super Bowl Sites”

  1. If the NFL truly wants equity. Rather than the uneven bid process involved with a small circle of the same venues, why doesn’t the NFL, build a City aka Super Bowl USA in Nevada! outside of Las Vegas which the city is built for lodging and handling the grandiose of the event. All 32 teams could not only split the cost of a state of the art massive 100,000 seat retractable dome stadium, they would all evenly split all proceeds. In fact each team could pay the PSL’s for the stadium to assist building it and would ensure that their ticket holders would have a fair share of the tickets each year. In 2 weeks prior to the event they could have 2 separate Villages an NFC and AFC with all 32 teams representing their own bars and restaurants where fans of those teams could enjoy signature events and memorabilia during their stay there even in the offseason.including having the pro bowl in the same stadium the week before. The combine and College senior bowls etc could also be there. security measures and event planning could occur with consistency etc. sponsorships and national chains would be chomping at the bit to get representation on the outskirts of Super Bowl,NV which would have streets named for Super Bowl MVP’ s and other stars.

  2. do you have the dates that the selections were made for each sB

  3. in your additional info you left out that sb 44 was moved from nyc to Miami gardens

  4. also the tempe game was sb 27 not 23

  5. Nope, sorry. Thanks for the additional info.

  6. just an fyi you still missing SB 44 that was moved from New York to Miami Gardens ( in the additional info section)

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