Reporting Matt Bigler
SANTA CLARA (KCBS)— After weeks of closed-door negotiations, Santa Clara city leaders were expected to agree to the NFL’s demands to host the 50th Super Bowl in February 2016.
The Bay Area is locked in stiff competition with Miami to host Super Bowl L. But with the concessions, the city is agreeing to give up millions of dollars in lost revenue. The NFL is demanding a waiver on ticket surcharges and hotel taxes for league employees, something Miami refused.
Earlier this month, Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews talked up the new 49ers stadium’s selling points at the construction site.
“There is no greater place to have a Super Bowl than here in the Silicon Valley. We’ll have the very best stadium and the very best fan experience. We have the very best weather and we have the very best people,” said Matthews.
The mayor also touted the businesses that are on board with bringing the big game to the Bay Area.
Despite the economic impact of the concessions, The San Jose Mercury News reported the city will still see a financial windfall due to all the economic activity generated from the Super Bowl.
The NFL was expected to make a final decision on the host city by May 22nd.
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