Santa Clara ready to capitalize on Floridas fumble Construction at the new 49ers stadium

The Bay Area inched forward in its quest to host Super Bowl 50 at the 49ers' new stadium after Florida lawmakers punted Friday.

The National Football League had narrowed its choices to Santa Clara or Sun Life Stadium near Miami, but earlier Friday, a bill to upgrade the Dolphins' home died in the Florida legislature.

The NFL said those improvements were needed to host the Super Bowl in 2016. That means the San Francisco Bay Area likely will be the frontrunner to host Super Bowl L in 2016, according to's Ian Rapoport.

NFL owners are expected to officially make an announcement May 21.

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