Levi's Stadium will host Super Bowl 2026
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -
The Bay Area won its bid Monday to host Super Bowl 60 in February 2026 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, marking a second time the venue was chosen by the NFL owners.
The event will come ten years after Santa Clara and Levi's Stadium hosted Super Bowl 50 in 2016.
The vote took place at the NFL owners meeting in Minnesota.
"The Bay Area was an incredible host for Super Bowl 50, and we are thrilled to bring the Super Bowl back," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "We look forward to working with the 49ers and the Bay Area Host Committee to create an impactful Super Bowl LX in 2026 that showcases all the great things the region has to offer."
"The room was full of excitement," said San Francisco 49ers, President Al Guido, "To end the day with unanimous support and a round of applause for the Bay Area and everything Zaileen has done. It was a dream come true."
One thing that was new this time, according to the Bay Area Host Committee's President Zaileen Janmohamed, is the Host Committee Board includes representatives from all Bay Area sports teams including the San Francisco Giants, Oakland A's, Golden State Warriors, San Jose Sharks and San Jose Earthquakes.
Janmohamed also said she wanted to convey a personal message of diversity and inclusion to the presentation.
"I'm an Indian woman with East African roots, I was actually born and raised in Canada and now an American citizen," said Janmohamed, "And it was an example...of what the Bay Area is. The Bay Area is a diverse set of people, a diverse set of communities and I felt it was important for the NFL to hear."
Mayor London Breed said in a statement: "San Francisco is excited to help host this incredible event and show off our City to the world."
In 2016, the Super Bowl generated an estimated $250 million for the region's economy.
"Just a fantastic shot in the arm. It helped to employ people. It generated a lot of tax revenue. It helped our small businesses, from restaurants, to florists, to people putting on events and parties. It really does spread deep into the economy," said Joe D'Alessandro, CEO of SF Travel.
Along with Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, fans also congregated in San Francisco where the Super Bowl Fan Experience brought people out for games, music, and other activities, filling the streets, restaurants and hotel rooms.
"It's just going to energize the city. Bring a lot of tourism in and hopefully people can see how beautiful it is," said Karam Bagran of San Francisco.
"It will help the city recover I guess and on top of it it will be fun. It will be a celebration," said Rhenz Alvaro of San Francisco.
Santa Clara's Mayor Lisa Gillmor says there are lessons from last time.
"It takes a village to host a Super Bowl," said Mayor Gillmor, "We can't do this on our own."
Gillmor says there needs to be more coordination between their small police force of 130 officers and surrounding agencies.
She also says she wants the Host Committee to sponsor more events in Santa Clara.
"We need to have a lot more events in the South Bay. Last time, all the events were virtually in San Francisco which is fine, but we want a piece of the pie as well," said Gillmor.
The Host Committee says they are committed to investing $175 million in infrastructure improvements to Levi's Stadium, as well as continue the investments in local communities and non-profits that were part of the legacy of Super Bowl 50.