MIAMI (CBS4) – In stark contrast to South Florida, San Francisco held their super bowl bid conference Monday in the center of the city. Right in front of where their Super Bowl activities would be.
“We are going to put our best foot forward,” said Daniel Lurie, chairman of the San Francisco Super Bowl Committee said in a news conference Monday. “We are going to bring back Super Bowl 50 or 51.”
Unlike Miami, San Francisco is not revealing much of anything about their bid until NFL owners vote next week in Boston.
They only thing they revealed here: money.
So far $30 million has been guaranteed by major companies like apple and gap to put on the super party. Of that, 25% or $7.5 million is planning for charity.
“We’re going to have a ball,” said Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. “There is no way this package isn’t going to be approved in Boston. Believe me I’ve spoken to couple of my friends.”
San Francisco delivered their bid plans on iPads.
South Florida Super Bowl bid by contrast was delivered a bit less high-tech; a three inch binder. Still, it is full of Super Bowl firsts, from parking an aircraft carrier downtown to zip-lines across Bayside, and floating clubs on barges in Biscayne Bay.
Back in South Florida, the Super Bowl bid continues with what would have been.
Tuesday would have been the county-wide special election on whether to use public dollars for a stadium renovation. An estimated 50,000 votes were cast, opened and counted. Ten thousand more have come into elections headquarters in Doral since May 3rd.when the stadium issue died in the Florida Legislature. Elections officials literally stopped what they were doing and have no plan to ever open any of them. The only votes being counted will be those already opened and ballots cast for North Miami and Sweetwater city elections.
Although it no longer matters, the opened stadium ballots will be counted and posted on Wednesday. We’ll find out if they mattered when the NFL owners meet in about a week in Boston to decided Super Bowl 50 and 51.