The NFL just sent out its press release in the wake of today’s meeting with Silicon Valley business leaders, and it’s just the endorsement many were hoping for. The NFL Super Bowl Advisory Committee is now on the record stating that it supports the stadium measure and will encourage a future Super Bowl bid for the new stadium.
This is not a hard promise, but the recommendation will certainly bump the poll numbers in favor of the stadium project, and could ultimately win over a lot of fence sitters. The vote is June 8.
Here’s the release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NFL SUPER BOWL ADVISORY COMMITTEE SUPPORTS
NEW STADIUM IN SANTA CLARA AND OPPORTUNITY FOR
SANTA CLARA TO HOST SUPER BOWL
The NFL Super Bowl Advisory Committee has notified the San Francisco 49ers that it supports the plan to build a new stadium in Santa Clara and will support and encourage a Super Bowl bid for a game to be played in the proposed new stadium.
Although numerous factors are considered by the league membership as part of the competitive bid process, a key factor is the quality of the venue in which the game would be played. Having a state-of-the-art facility with the most up-to-date hospitality amenities, world-class presentation technologies, and well-designed operational features are key factors to be considered as part of a region’s bid.
Recent successful bids by Detroit, Arizona, North Texas, Indianapolis, and New Orleans all had new or substantially renovated stadiums as the cornerstone of their bids.
There are significant benefits to a region hosting a Super Bowl, including unparalleled world-class exposure and economic impact. Studies commissioned by recent host regions have typically shown $300-500 million in economic impact generated to the Super Bowl host region.
The Super Bowl Advisory Committee manages the bidding process that leads to the awarding of the Super Bowl to a host community by a vote of team owners. The Super Bowl has not been played in California since 2003 when Super Bowl XXXVII was played in San Diego.