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Plans unveiled for bid to bring future Super Bowl to South Florida

Committee seeks to bring Super Bowl back to South Florida in 2019, 2020

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – South Florida is ready to host another Super Bowl.

Members of the South Florida Super Bowl Bid Committee met with the media Friday to unveil their plans to host either the 2019 or 2020 games.

Among the planned events for a future Super Bowl in South Florida is a "Super Bowl Park," which the committee will present to NFL owners who will ultimately select the winning bid.

The renderings unveiled Friday show how Bayfront Park would be transformed into a concert extravaganza, complete with fireworks and music.

South Florida last hosted a Super Bowl in 2010 when the New Orleans Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts. That game was marred by pouring rain and was likely the genesis for the construction of a canopy at Sun Life Stadium, which will be ready in time for next season.

The antiquated Sun Life Stadium, which opened in 1987, was falling behind other NFL venues, but the committee believes that the renovations will bring it up to par.

"It's really going to look and feel like a brand new stadium," Tom Garfinkel, Miami Dolphins president and chief executive officer, said. 

Still, there will be stiff competition from other cities.

The Atlanta Falcons will move into their new stadium in 2017 and will likely make a push for the 2019 game. The NFL has shown a tendency to reward cities with new stadiums. Atlanta already beat out South Florida for the College Football Playoff National Championship in 2018.

Sun Life Stadium was one of three finalists for next weekend's 50th Super Bowl, which will be played at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The new home of the San Francisco 49ers opened in 2014.

South Florida could also face a challenge from the Los Angeles area, which will have a new stadium in time for the 2019 and 2020 games. The Rams recently returned to LA after 21 years in St. Louis.

"Today it is much, much more complicated," South Florida Super Bowl Bid Committee Chairman Rodney Barreto said.

Houston will host next year's Super Bowl and Minneapolis will host the championship game in 2018.