The NFL is poised to declare on Tuesday which city will host the the 50th Super Bowl in 2016: Santa Clara or Miami.
A total of 32 owners are meeting in Boston and they are expected to announce their decision on Super Bowl L about 11 a.m. The winning bid needs 24 votes.
If the new 49ers stadium is chosen, it will be the first time in 28 years that the Big Game will have been played in the Bay Area. The last time was in 1985 at Stanford Stadium.
Most expect Santa Clara to win the bid. It may not even be so much about what the Bay Area has going for it, as what Florida doesn’t.
The Sunshine State recently failed to pass a funding mechanism that would’ve provided needed improvement’s to the aging Sun Life stadium where the Dolphins play, considered a linchpin of its bid.
The new, high-tech San Francisco 49ers stadium, which will top $1.2 billion when the construction is complete, is set to open in 2014. Levi's recently announced a $220 million naming rights deal to brand the new arena, Levi's Stadium.
In addition, the Bay Area's Super Bowl committee has lined up $30 million dollars in funding pledges from Bay Area companies like Apple, Google and Hewlett-Packard. A total of $8 million of that is earmarked for Bay Area charities.
The runner-up of Tuesday's vote gets to contend for Super Bowl LI.
NBC Bay Area's Joe Rosato Jr. and Bob Redell contributed to this report.