NFL VP of events in town for Super Bowl bid

NFL VP of events in town for Super Bowl bid
April 17, 2013, 6:30 pm
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The City of Houston is on display this week.

Frank Supovitz, the NFL Senior Vice President for events is in town for a visit before the votes to decide the homes for Super Bowl L and Super Bowl LI next month.

While Miami and San Francisco are up for the game in 2016, the runner-up will go against Houston for the 2017 game.

According to Ric Campo, who is the chairman of the committee trying to bring the Super Bowl back to Houston, Supovitz's visit is going well. The visit will end on Thursday.  

"There were a lot of really great things we were able to show Frank today," Campo said on Wednesday afternoon.

NFL executives were in a helicopter flying over the city during the visit. Campo said the helicopter flew over various sections of the city, including Reliant Stadium, which last hosted a Super Bowl in 2004.

Campo also said the diversity of the people in Houston is what will set the city apart. The executives are pleased with the growth of Houston since it last hosted the Super Bowl in 2004. Since then, the city has hosted several other major events, including the Final Four and the NBA All-Star Game.

"(Supovitz) was very interactive," Campo said. "He's very interested in learning about the city and understanding how we would put together Super Bowl Central, how we would connect all the points of Houston."

Campo was asked about security at Reliant Stadium after the recent tragedy during the Boston Marathon and the chairman said the bid already had security built in and Reliant Stadium is a safe place because of its location. The wide area with parking around makes it easier to secure.

“It’s probably as good or better than any stadium like that in the country,” Campo said.

Houston's next bid is due on May 3 and they will refine it based on suggestions from Supovitz and the NFL.

James Baker, the honorary chairmen of the committee, will not be allowed to be a part of the presentation because he's deemed a celebrity and celebrities aren't allowed to present bids. Baker is a former Secretary of State. But Baker will still help the building of the bid but won't be allowed to present.

The committee is also soliciting suggestions from fans via social media and a website.