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Cowboys Stadium Will Not Host 2016, 2017 Super Bowls

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CHICAGO (AP/CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas will not be in the hunt for hosting the 2016 and 2017 Super Bowls.

Houston, San Francisco and South Florida are bidding for those games.

Jerry Jones released this statement regarding the decision, “We support of the committee’s judgment in considering a brand new facility in the Bay Area as well as the South Florida market—which has hosted the most Super Bowls–as logical sites for the 50th game.

The selection process has changed since North Texas was chosen for Super Bowl XLV by a vote of the ownership, and although we did not make a bid in this current committee process, we will always be interested in having Super Bowls at Cowboys Stadium for years to come.

We wish the 49ers, Dolphins and Texans, and their communities, the very best in their pursuit of Super Bowls L and LI.  They are all great places to have the game.”

NFL owners will vote next May between San Francisco — the 49ers are building a new stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., — and South Florida for the 50th Super Bowl in 2016. The loser of that race will then compete with Houston for hosting the 2017 game.

Several owners have said a return to SunLife Stadium in Miami would require major upgrades to the building, and commissioner Roger Goodell says Tuesday that the Dolphins “feel that (renovations) are a large part of their bid.”

South Florida has hosted the most Super Bowls, 10, the last in 2010. Houston has done two, the most recent in 2004.

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