May 10, 2013
San Francisco hasn’t hosted the Super Bowl since 1994. However, that could soon change, depending on how tech savvy NFL owners are. The Bay Area’s final bid to host the 50th Super Bowl in 2016 at the 49ers’ new Santa Clara stadium landed on team owners’ desks in the form of an iPad, according to the Mercury News. When the owners opened their new tablets, a magnetic sensor launched a preloaded video hosted by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who said, “We’re excited to show you what the Bay Area has to offer.” To further convince team owners to bring Super Bowl L to San Francisco, the host committee has recruited Google Chairman Eric Schmidt to lead a group of Silicon Valley “megacompanies” to make the game “the most innovative Super Bowl ever.” One of the companies mentioned was, of course, Apple. As noted in the Mercury News:
"How will it (football) be even better?" Schmidt teases in the video, saying local tech companies "are finally capable of doing this thing together." Google declined to comment further.It shouldn’t come as a surprise that San Francisco would use an iPad to introduce their final bid. After all, Apple’s tablet was created in Cupertino, Calif., which sits a few miles southeast of the city. On May 21, the NFL will pick between Santa Clara and Miami for the Super Bowl hosting rights. MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey hosts Super Bowl XLVIII next February, while the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona hosts Super Bowl XLIX.