The San Francisco 49ers were certain they would be returning the Super Bowl 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 NFL SuperBowl 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 would be played in the Bay Area for the third time if the Bay Area’s bid were approved, returning to Levi’s Stadium for the first time since the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in SuperBowl 50. In 1985, Stanford Stadium hosted Super Bowl XIX, which the San Francisco 49ers won over the Miami Dolphins.
For the last few months, Niners management have been optimistic about getting the Super Bowl back to Levi’s. The Niners requested a $120 million loan from the NFL’s stadium fund at the league meetings held in Phoenix in March in order to upgrade Levi’s Stadium.
With an eye toward the 2026 World Cup and improving their position for next Super Bowls, that money is planned to go toward premium seating and scoreboard enhancements at Levi’s.
Jed York, the chief executive officer of the Niners, expressed optimism about the likelihood of another successful Super Bowl attempt.
On March 28, York declared, “My optimism is very high.” “I’m pretty certain that a Super Bowl will be held in the near future. And after hosting SuperBowl 50, it would be wonderful to host SuperBowl 60… After bringing the World Cup to Levi’s Stadium and having the Super Bowl immediately after that, it would be amazing to be able to host that game. That would be amazing since those are two of the biggest athletic events in the world.