When NFL meetings begin next week in San Francisco, the league is expected to announce which cities will be allowed to bid on Super Bowls LIII (53) and LIV (54). As usual, due to their warm weather and exotic locations, the Miami Dolphins will be right in the thick of things.
The Miami area has hosted ten Super Bowls overall, tied with New Orleans for the most, but none since 2010. But not for a lack of effort, as the South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee had put their name in the bidding for almost every Super Bowl since Miami Gardens made it to the final round of bidding for Super Bowl L (50), but ultimately lost out to the new stadium being built for the 49ers in Santa Clara, California. The following year, the league bypassed Miami completely, not allowing them to bid for Super Bowl LII (52), a move that made it clear that the deteriorating conditions at Sun Life Stadium were a determining factor in Miami falling short.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross tried for several years to acquire state and county monies to help renovate the stadium, but after being rebuffed, decided to fund the entire renovation himself. As part of that agreement, Miami-Dade County pays the Dolphins a bonus whenever the renovated stadium hosts a national event. In the case of a Super Bowl, that would add $4 million to the Dolphins coffers. The stadium is in the midst of a $400 million overhaul, with new seats and concourses being completed for the 2015 season, and new video screens and a suspended roof being added for the start of the 2016 season. Renderings of the renovations can be viewed here: http://www.miamidolphins.com/newstadium.html.
Rodney Barreto, who chairs the South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee, said the Dolphins have notified the league that they want to be considered candidates for Super Bowls in 2019 and 2020, and are open to the next three after that as well. The next three Super Bowls will be held in Santa Clara (Super Bowl L), Houston (LI), and Minneapolis (LII).
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter @EJFootball.