All signs point to the Bay Area hosting its third Super Bowl. First reported by Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal, it is expected the NFL owners will grant the 2026 Super Bowl to Santa Clara during league meetings next week.
The Bay Area first hosted Super Bowl XIX at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto. In 2015, Super Bowl 50 marked the first time the event was held at Levi’s Stadium.
Earlier this year the 49ers began the process of making the necessary upgrades to Levi’s Stadium by requesting a $120 million loan through the NFL’s stadium fund. These funds will help with building additional luxury suites, along with renovations to the other 170 suites already in the stadium. Additional upgrades are expected to target scoreboards and digital advertising signage.
One of the primary criticisms of Super Bowl 50 was how spread out everything was, as events were spread out from San Francisco down to San Jose.
The addition of Chase Center should allow for the pregame festivities to be more centrally located. Events such as media availability with the teams, along with the NFL Honors awards show can now take place within San Francisco. The only time visitors would need to travel down 101 could be game day.
Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas is set to host Super Bowl LVIII following this season as the big game makes its first visit to Nevada. Next season will mark the twelfth time New Orleans has hosted a Super Bowl. The Superdome will be the site for Super Bowl LIX.