And the winners are ... San Francisco and
The NFL announced Tuesday that the 49ers, who are constructing a new stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., will host the 2016 Super Bowl, while Houston was awarded the 2017 game. Both cities edged Miami for host honors.
The 2014 and 2015 title games are scheduled to be played in New Jersey and Arizona, respectively.
Two months ago, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie openly lobbied to get the Super Bowl in Philadelphia. Lurie said he would wait to see how this year's Bowl — the first one being played in cold weather — turns out.
"I will, yes. I will, if it's a success," Lurie said. "New York will help us."
The Eagles also got backing from the NFL to renovate Lincoln Financial Field. The team plans to add high-definition to video boards, expand luxury boxes and possibly add seats. The stadium currently fits 69,000 at full capacity.
"We are excited to have received league support today for our stadium revitalization project at Lincoln Financial Field," team president Don Smolenski said. "We will share the details of this project with our fans in the coming weeks."