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NFL owners set to vote on Super Bowl LI host city


BOSTON – NFL owners vote Tuesday afternoon on Houston as a finalist to host Super Bowl LI at Reliant Stadium in 2017.

Houston is competing for the 51st Super Bowl against either Santa Clara or South Florida. Owners will vote first on those two locations as finalists for Super Bowl L, and the loser will face Houston for LI.

Santa Clara and Houston are viewed as favorites to land the two Super Bowls after Miami did not receive public funding for stadium renovations earlier this month. A Santa Clara Super Bowl would be played at Levi's Stadium, which will open in 2014. Reliant opened in 2002 is having new video boards installed in 2013. Miami's Sun Life Stadium opened in 1987.

Houston's Super Bowl bid is a joint venture among the Texans, Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Harris County/Houston Sports Authority and Reliant Park. Ric Campo, CEO of Camden Properties, is the committee chairman. Texans chairman and CEO Bob McNair, president Jamey Rootes and general manager Rick Smith are in Boston for Tuesday's vote.

Houston has hosted two Super Bowls, Super Bowl VIII at Rice Stadium in 1974 and XXXVIII at Reliant in 2004.

The Super Bowl announcement will be broadcast live on Visit Texans TV for a live stream from the league meetings in Boston beginning at approximately 3 p.m. CT.

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