Reporting Mike Colgan
SANTA CLARA (KCBS) — Mayors from three Bay Area cities gathered Wednesday to support a bid to bring an upcoming Super Bowl to the new 49ers stadium in Santa Clara.
The mayors of Santa Clara, San Francisco and San Jose held a news conference at the future stadium as part of an effort to host the big game to the South Bay in either 2016 or 2017. Currently the stadium is 35 percent complete and is expected to open for the 2014 football season.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said he has gotten over the fact that the 49ers leaving Candlestick and are moving to Santa Clara.
“I’ve already turned the page on the Niners building the stadium here. In fact I’m actually glad to see this going as well as it is because it’s really a commitment to the economy as a whole region,” Lee said.
Mayor Chuck Reed of San Jose said hosting the Super Bowl in Santa Clara would benefit the Bay Area economy as a whole.
“We have one of the largest, most important economies in the whole world. This building, this facility and these people and this team are a regional asset and are important to the regional economy,” Reed reiterated.
Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews said he thinks the regional approach is a winner.
“Between the Golden Gate and Silicon Valley we can’t be beat when we all work together and that’s what this is about, said Matthews.
Bids will be presented to NFL team owners when they meet in Boston on May 21st.
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