The San Francisco 49ers were certain they would be returning the Super Bowl 60 to Levi’s Stadium at the NFL league meetings in March.
That optimism will be rewarded during the spring owners meetings in Minneapolis next week, barring an unexpected change in course. There, a league source confirmed a story by Sports Business Journal and stated the NFL is expected to approve the 49ers’ application for Super Bowl 60 in 2026.
In a statement, 49ers president Al Guido stated, “We would be honored to host Super Bowl LX if the Bay Area has the opportunity.”
The Super Bowl 60 would return to Levi’s Stadium if the Bay Area’s proposal were approved, marking the third Super Bowl to be held in the region and the first since the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. In Super Bowl XIX, which took place at Stanford Stadium in 1985, the Niners defeated the Miami Dolphins.
Executives with the Niners have been optimistic in recent months about bringing the Super Bowl back to Levi’s. The Niners asked the NFL’s stadium fund for a $120 million loan at the league meetings in Phoenix in March to upgrade Levi’s Stadium.
With an eye toward the 2026 World Cup and enhancing their position for future Super Bowls, that money is planned to go into upgraded scoreboards and premium seats at Levi’s.
Jed York, the chief executive officer of the Niners, was optimistic about the team’s chances of winning another Super Bowl.
York declared on March 28 that “my optimism is very high.” The possibility of a Super Bowl in the near future gives me great confidence. Additionally, it would be wonderful to host Super Bowl 50 before hosting Super Bowl 60… It would be wonderful to be able to host that game, especially after hosting the World Cup at Levi’s Stadium and the Super Bowl immediately after. Having those two tournaments back-to-back would be amazing because they are two of the biggest athletic events in the world.