Tuesday, May 21, 2013
No surprise Miami loses Super Bowl bids
By James Walker
It was one of the least surprising sports announcements in the past few months: Miami lost out on Super Bowl L to San Francisco and Super Bowl LI to Houston on Tuesday.
South Florida sealed its fate to host a Super Bowl in 2016 or 2017 by failing to recently vote on renovations to Sun Life Stadium. Miami is a great hosting city due to its beaches and year-round warm weather. However, the Dolphins play in what’s considered an outdated stadium.
“The weather alone won’t bring Super Bowls and other marquee events,” Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said on the NFL Network Tuesday. “And I’d like to see marquee events in Miami, because they deserve it. It’s one of the greatest cities in the country.”
The stadium debate in Miami will continue. Ross completed his purchase of the Dolphins for $1 billion in 2009 and wants to have a modern stadium. However, getting public funding from lawmakers will be tough after the Miami Marlins recently fleeced the city with an awful stadium agreement.