South Florida Super Bowl Committee Unveils Bid Details

Downtown Miami will host Super Bowl festivities in proposed plan

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    A rendering of the proposed renovations to Sun Life Stadium, which are part of a push to land the Super Bowl in 2016 or 2017.

    The committee in charge of preparing a bid for South Florida to host a Super Bowl in 2016 or 2017 revealed details of its bid Thursday, and as you would expect, it involves a lot of glitz and glamour.

    "This is going to be something the likes of which residents of Miami-Dade haven’t seen before," South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman Rodney Barreto told The Miami Herald on Thursday. "This is not the hottest city in America. It's the hottest city in the world."

    Barreto released drawings of the proposed transformation of downtown Miami should South Florida get to host another Super Bowl. Unlike past Super Bowls hosted in South Florida, this bid uses downtown as the core for hosting festivities.

    Among the details: Biscayne Boulevard will host a mile-long street party with live concerts and a Ferris wheel.

    The NFL Experience, the league's interactive theme park hosted at every Super Bowl, would be held at Bicentennial Park. The AmericanAirlines Arena, Museum Park, Jungle Island and the Performing Arts Center would also host events.

    The NFL will announce its decision on where to hold the 2016 and 2017 Super Bowls on May 22. The hope of landing another Super Bowl underpins the team's proposed renovations for Sun Life Stadium, which would be partially funded by public money.

    "All this is contingent on the voters of Miami-Dade County coming through, really supporting the stadium," Barreto said. "Once we get the side noise out of the way, they will understand what this deal is, they will see the mayor [Carlos Gimenez] has negotiated a wonderful deal. It's a win-win for everybody."

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    Barreto also said the committee and the NFL are discussing the possibility of bringing the Pro Bowl to South Florida. The league's all-star game was played at Sun Life Stadium in 2010, the only time since 1979 the Pro Bowl was not played in Hawaii.