Miami is a great city and the NFL awarded it the 2010 Super Bowl. This is the fifteenth time the super bowl has been held in Florida and the tenth time it’s been held in Miami. The other serious contender for the 2010 super bowl was Atlanta.
Houston also was in contention for the 2010 super bowl, but they were eliminated on the first vote by the owners. The Falcons owner mentioned:
Obviously, it was very close.
Because Miami is already hosting the 2007 super bowl, most thought that Atlanta had the inside track. Ice from the 1999 season super bowl may have factored into the decision.
The 2010 super bowl has been conditionally awarded to New York, but it was contingent on a new stadium being built. As we covered, that didn’t happen, so the NFL had to find a new site.