Wednesday's the day Houston's Super Bowl committee officially submits the city's bid for the 2017 game.
Our chances got a lot better when Florida's Legislature turned down upgrades at Dolphins Stadium. The move could cost Miami its bid against San Francisco for Super Bowl L in 2016 and against Houston the next year. NFL owners will vote on both May 21.
Committee chair Ric Campo says Miami already has hosted the game 10 times, but Houston has several new venues in place since the city last hosted the Super Bowl in 2004.
"The NFL experience would be in the George R. Brown," Campo tells KTRH News. "We would have what we call 'Super Bowl El Centro' starting from Minute Maid Park and going south to Discovery Green and then running into the Americas Hotel and Toyota Center."
Campo says downtown also will have additional hotel rooms by the time Super Bowl LI rolls around.
"We'll have a new 1,000-room Marriott Marquis hotel, so you'll actually have 2,200 rooms between the Hilton hotel on one end of Discovery Green to the Marriott on the other end," he says.
As for the aging Astrodome, Campo says Harris County and Reliant Park officials definitely need to make a decision, but he insists the vacant stadium will not be an issue.
"How big of a negative is it? Is it the death nail in our ability to get the Super Bowl?" he asks. "I think the answer to that is it is not."
"The dome was there last time, and it wasn't a negative to the Super Bowl, there wasn't a lot of negative stories about nobody is doing anything about the dome or anything like that," he says.