MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Super Bowl is coming back to South Florida!
NFL owners decided Tuesday afternoon to award Super Bowl LIV in 2020 to South Florida.
“The NFL showed perfect 20-20 vision and we’re ready to welcome everyone to South Florida,” said bid committee member Nicki Grossman.
The game will be played at the home of the Miami Dolphins, currently undergoing at $450 million upgrade. The renovations at the New Miami Stadium, formerly known as Sun Life Stadium, include a completely modernized exterior, shade canopy and four high-definition scoreboards.
Plans for the next South Florida Super Bowl were laid out in a 526-page bid describing plans for a week-long celebration with the focal point centered on Super Bowl Park in downtown Miami, extending along Biscayne Boulevard from the Intercontinental Hotel to the Perez Art Museum.
The Super Bowl deal also includes Tailgate Town, a place where fans can have fun with interactive games.
As part of the South Florida presentation, NFL owners heard from Miami Dolphins legend Larry Csonka.
“I’m tickled pink that we have the centennial game coming in Miami,” Csonka told CBS4’s Ted Scouten.
Miami has hosted the Super Bowl a record 10 times but not since 2010.
“Remember, we weren’t invited last time,” said committee member Rodney Baretto. “The last group of Super Bowls they gave out we weren’t invited to participate so Mr. Ross, with investing money in the stadium is really what put us over the top to allow us to get back into the rotation. The good news is we have 2020, now we can start working on another one.”
Ross gave the final pitch among fellow team owners.
It took three votes to award the game to Miami in the centennial year of the NFL. Ross said he can think of one thing that would top a South Florida Super Bowl.
“It’s going to be great for Miami, great for the Miami Dolphins and the only thing that could be better is when we’re playing in the game and winning it,” he said.
The members of the bid committee aren’t the only ones ecstatic about South Florida hosting the big game.
“I can’t think of a better place to host Super Bowl LIV in 2020 than Miami! This will be our 11th Super Bowl, and we will host the most in NFL history,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez in an emailed statement. “Miami is the place to live, work and play, and hosting another Super Bowl in our community serves as further evidence that we are a major event community. Congratulations and thanks to Stephen Ross and the Dolphins organization for their $450 million investment, which made this award possible.”
The New Miami Stadium calls the city of Miami Gardens its home and Mayor Oliver Gilbert also released a statement after the announcement.
“In 2020 the Super Bowl is coming home to the City of Miami Gardens, to the entire South Florida Community. Miami Gardens is the perfect city to host the NFL’s finest and South Florida is the ideal community to play host to the world. There is truly something here for football enthusiast, foodies, people that are looking for family friendly outings, as well as people that want to participate in the hottest night life on the planet. I’m truly happy that the Super Bowl is coming home,” stated Mayor Gilbert.
Atlanta was awarded Super Bowl LIII in 2019 and Los Angeles was awarded Super Bowl LV.