Super Bowl Committee Unveils Plan For Downtown Miami Events

Downtown Miami stands to be the big winner if South Florida is selected to host a future Super Bowl when NFL executives make a decision next month.

The South Florida Super Bowl Bid Committee officially unveiled Thursday a sneak peek of a plan to make Downtown Miami the hub for all NFL sponsored activities if Miami is awarded Super Bowl 50 or 51.

Dubbed Super Bowl Park, the northbound lanes of Biscayne Blvd. would be shut down to vehicular traffic between the Intercontinental Hotel and the American Airlines Arena to allow for increased pedestrian mobility.

“The plan that is in the works is extraordinary and is unlike anything Miami and South Florida has seen in the previous ten Super Bowls that we’ve hosted,” Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee told a room of reporters.

The bright-colored rendering and maps offer an idea of what the South Florida Super Bowl Bid Committee has been up to, besides pushing for public funding to renovate Sun Life Stadium.

Part of the public-private partnership agreed upon between the team and Miami-Dade County includes ensuring all game festivities take place in one county.

“We’re shifting from doing events between Dade, Broward and Palm Beach and moving everything into a core very tight environment where there’s going to be all kinds of activity,” Bid Committee Chair Rodney Barreto said.

If the rendering is any indication, a Ferris wheel is part of the plan.

Super Bowl Park would pay tribute to previous championships through interactive exhibits displayed on 49 giant footballs.

Our partners at the Miami Herald have also learned the NFL Experience would be located at Bicentennial Park and the American Airlines Arena would host some events.

The Hyatt Regency and James L. Knight Center would house the media center and the canal near the arena would be turned into “Super Bowl Cove”, according to the Herald.

“This is truly and amphibious Super Bowl. We’ll leave it at that,” Dee said. “There’s many things that will take place in and around the water.”

Dee and Barreto pitched their proposal to NFL executives earlier this week.

“We had an incredible meeting,” Barreto said. He admitted it’s not a done deal yet.

“We’re still in the very competitive environment with Santa Clara,” he said of the other city in contention to host the 50th Super Bowl. “Santa Clara is watching every move we make.”

That’s why many of the details of the bid are being kept under wraps.

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