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Hillsborough votes to back Tampa Super Bowl in 2019 or 2020

Hillsborough County commissioners voted Wednesday to support Raymond James Stadium's bid to host the Super Bowl in 2019 and 2020.

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Hillsborough County commissioners voted Wednesday to support Raymond James Stadium's bid to host the Super Bowl in 2019 and 2020.

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December

TAMPA — Hillsborough County will offer its symbolic support of Tampa’s bid to host a future Super Bowl.

Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to pen a letter backing efforts to make Tampa and Raymond James Stadium the home of NFL’s annual championship game in 2019 or 2020. The NFL is deciding between four finalists -- Tampa, Miami, New Orleans and Atlanta -- to serve as host cities those years.

“There will be stiff competition,” Commissioner Ken Hagan said. He added that the show of support did not obligate any county dollars to hosting at this point.

Tampa City Council passed a similar resolution last month.

The move comes hours after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Sports Authority reached an agreement to renovate Raymond James Stadium in part to attract future Super Bowls. The agreement is expected to bring $100 million of improvements to stadium, including $28 million from the county-funded Tampa Sports Authority.

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 11:31am]

    

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