Miami Dolphins

South Florida invited to bid for 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls

An artist's rendering gives a glimpse of how Sun Life Stadium will look when renovations are complete.
An artist's rendering gives a glimpse of how Sun Life Stadium will look when renovations are complete. FILE PHOTO

When you say Miami, you’re talking Super Bowl?

We’ll find out in a year.

South Florida is back in the mix to host the nation’s top sporting event, as the NFL on Tuesday formally invited Sun Life Stadium to bid on the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls.

Miami’s competition?

New Orleans, Atlanta and Tampa, who have combined to host the game 16 times.

“We’re ecstatic to be back into the bidding game,” said Rodney Barreto, who chairs South Florida’s Super Bowl host committee.

Barreto’s job: to close the sale to the league. All four cities’ bids will go before the owners for a vote next May.

The news surely comes as a relief to the Dolphins, who have done most everything possible to get back into the rotation after repeated snubs by the league over the past few years.

The region has hosted 10 Super Bowls, but none since 2010. The reason: the team’s home stadium didn’t meet the league’s standards.

But Dolphins owner Stephen Ross addressed that liability when he pledged some $400 million of private funds to renovate the 28-year-old facility. The modernization project should be completed for the start of the 2016 season and will include all new seats, a shade canopy, new scoreboards and other amenities.

Ross even surrendered the Dolphins’ home Jets game this fall, in part to win favor with his 31 fellow owners.

On Tuesday, that sacrifice was, for the first time, rewarded.

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