Groundbreaking for the new 49ers stadium will begin on Thursday and according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, the team hopes that in four years the $1.02 billion facility will be the site of Super Bowl L (otherwise known as Super Bowl 50).
A team source said Friday that the 49ers plan to bid for that Super Bowl. If that is awarded to another city, they also will shoot for the following year’s game.
The next three Super Bowls will be played in New Orleans, New Jersey and Glendale, Ariz. respectively. The next one to be awarded, Super Bowl L, will be played in February 2016. Teams are required to play two full seasons in their new venues before hosting a Super Bowl. The 49ers are increasingly confident that the yet-to-be-named stadium in Santa Clara will be ready for the start of the 2014 season.
According to the NFL, the process will begin this summer when interested cities apply to the Super Bowl Advisory Committee for an invitation to bid. The committee then decides on finalists at the owners meeting in October. A vote is expected to take place in May.
There is good reason to believe Santa Clara will get the bid. The NFL likes to place Super Bowls in new venues and the 49ers will have the shiniest and newest digs when Super Bowl L rolls around.