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Houston has shot at Super Bowl in 2017

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The City of Houston is one of two finalists to host Super Bowl LI in 2017.

"They have selected us as a finalist for the Super Bowl, and we look forward to making a presentation," said Bob McNair, Texans owner, in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "I think they'll give us a fair hearing.

"I think there's a feeling on the part of some of the people, at least, that Houston did a good job before and we haven't had a Super Bowl for a while.  We've made attempts before and we weren't accepted and I think some of the folks think that it's time for Houston to get a Super Bowl again, so I'm delighted for that."

The NFL announced on Tuesday San Francisco and South Florida are the finalists for the 50th Super Bowl in 2016.

The runner-up will go against Houston for the Super Bowl the following year.

NFL owners will vote on both games next May.

"I think it's fantastic," said Greg Ortale, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.

"First of all we have a totally different city than when the Super Bowl was here before. We've got Discovery Green. By that time we'll probably have another hotel that will be the bookend of the Hotel Americas.

"We'll have additional properties that I'm sure that will be out by Reliant. We've got the LRT (light rail transit). We're a much better city than we were in 2004 and and in 2004 we did an outstanding job."

Houston's efforts to land another Super Bowl are being led by the Houston Texans, the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority.

"I knew that we were going for it and I was hoping that we would be included," Ortale said. "We've bid for it twice since 2004 and it's gone elsewhere.

"They put in a new process and I think that that probably worked to our benefit. You send in a letter and say 'yes we would like to host a Super Bowl' and then they go through it and figure out where they want to be and they select no
more than two or three cities to compete.

"They selected three, which included us for 2016 and 2017. However, we can't host 2016 because of the NCAA Final Four. So we are only eligible for 2017."

Ortale said the NCAA will not allow a city to host the Final Four in the same year it is hosting a Super Bowl.

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