NFL officials have been in South Florida this week planning for the next year’s double dose of the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl at Dolphin Stadium. Event architects and planning teams held meetings, dropped in on the stadium and scouted venues to use for next year’s accompanying events, said Frank Supovitz, NFL senior vice president of special events.
Meanwhile, South Florida officials are submitting a bid today for the 2013 game, along with New Orleans and Phoenix. Preliminary applications are due today with a decision by NFL owners expected during their May 18-20 meeting in Fort Lauderdale.
"We truly believe as a host city, Dade, Broward and Palm Beach county, we have so much to offer, with respect to hotels, restaurants, golf courses, beaches, weather. It’s kind of hard to beat, said South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman Rodney Barreto.
In the interest of spreading the game around, however, New Orleans might be difficult to beat. The city, which along with South Florida has held the game a record nine times, has not hosted the game since 2002, before Hurricane Katrina. South Florida, which hosted the 2007 game, will top the list of times hosting with 10 when Super Bowl XLIV is scheduled for Dolphin Stadium on Feb. 7, 2010. The game was in Phoenix in 2008.
Of course, there are no guarantees when it comes to the Super Bowl. South Florida was awarded the 2010 game before the 2007 game was even played, after an agreement to hold the game in New York was abandoned after plans for a new football stadium in Manhattan fell through.
Former Dolphins owner H. Wayne Huizenga had hoped the Super Bowl would be played in South Florida on a regular basis every few years. New team owner Stephen Ross said he shares that sentiment. Bid packages for the 2014 game are expected to be released in November, Supovitz said.