We shouldn't sweat out the decision. That's my prediction. Unless the National Football League owners are delusional or have an unnatural attraction to flamingos and alligators -- always a real possibility -- the choice will be easy.
Before noontime Tuesday, the league's poobahs will meet and select the Bay Area to play host to the Super Bowl of February 2016.
No other choice makes sense. Miami is the only other competition for the game. But the stadium there is 26 years old, reeking of moldy umbrella-drink odors. And a public referendum in South Florida to pay for some needed renovations has gone nowhere. Almost by default, the owners will surely anoint the 49ers' bid to play the 2016 game in their new Levi's Stadium.
Besides, as all of us know because we are smart enough to live here, the Bay Area is a far superior location, anyway.
So lock it in your calendars. The 50th Super Bowl game (or Super Bowl L, if you're counting in Roman numerals at home) will be coming to a neighborhood near you.
The game will be played in Santa Clara, where the stadium is being constructed. Most of the pregame parties and hoo-hah will be held 40 miles away in San Francisco, because that's where the most naive tourists always hang out and it's where the hotel rooms and clam chowder are much more expensive, creating more trickle-down ancillary revenue. Good for them.
Jamie Matthews, the Mayor of Santa Clara, is spending Tuesday morning at City Hall in San Francisco as the guest of Mayor Ed Lee. They will watch the announcement on the NFL Network together. Matthews said Monday he isn't nervous.
"A better way to say it is that I'm excited," Matthews said. "We wouldn't be able to pull this together if it weren't a regional effort, if we didn't have the support of Mayor Lee and all the other people who've worked so hard on it."
But if my hunch is correct, the Super Bowl will touch every resident of the Bay Area -- South Bay, East Bay and North Bay.
What does that mean, exactly? Well, I can tell you, as a veteran of more than 30 Super Bowls (my first was Super Bowl XII in 1979), that it will be hard to ignore the game when it arrives in less than three years.
The upside: Being around a big event is always a kick. And the game is America's biggest unofficial holiday. The Bay Area has been the site of one previous Super Bowl, in 1985 when the game was played at Stanford. Back then, playing host to the Super Bowl was like having the circus to town. Now it's like having the entire Las Vegas Strip and the New York Stock Exchange come to visit for a week. The event has evolved into a weeklong string of corporate parties and celebrity-infused happenings. Some charitable causes will come out ahead. Bid Chief Daniel Lurie is a well-known San Francisco philanthropist and pledges that this Super Bowl will leave behind a legacy to benefit various organizations that need it. The service and hospitality industries will clean up. The local organizing committee has raised $30 million from private sources to pay for costs associated with the event but it should return far more money to Northern California than that -- most economists say a Super Bowl is worth between $100 million to $250 million to a region, depending on how popular the destination is. And the Bay Area is usually a very popular destination. Landing this game is kind of like buying $30 million worth of Powerball tickets with a guarantee of winning three times as much.
The downsides: Tickets are all but impossible for the general public to purchase. They're ridiculously expensive and largely unavailable. So you probably won't be going to the game. But the NFL has tried to give average local folks some places to go and experience the vibe in the week before the game. An exhibition with games and players signing autographs -- "The NFL Experience" -- will be held at Moscone Center in San Francisco. And a festival of sorts will be held on the waterfront there. The South Bay and East Bay may miss out on most of the fun until game day, although those plans are still being formulated. But with Silicon Valley companies such as Apple and Google contributing millions to the bid effort, it would seem logical to demand that at least a few of the parties be held on the peninsula so local residents can benefit. And the organizers say they will tout all of Northern California as a hospitality destination, from Napa to Monterey.
In terms of the football itself, though, the South Bay will be king. Tuesday's "Media Day" will be held in Santa Clara at the new stadium. And the two teams are tentatively scheduled to practice at Stanford and Cal, or Stanford and San Jose State, so they will likely stay nearby those campuses. Traffic on game day will be horrible. But what do you care? You'll probably be at home watching on television, enjoying the blimp shots of yourself. And congratulating the NFL owners for making such a smart selection in May of 2013.
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