San Diego Gets Super Bowl in 2003
May. 26, 1999
ATLANTA (AP) _ San Diego, which played host to Super Bowls in 1988 and 1998, was voted the 2003 Super Bowl today by NFL owners.
The only other contender was South Florida, where this year's Super Bowl was held.
San Diego replaces San Francisco, which was awarded the game but will not have a new stadium ready for the game.
San Diego Mayor Susan Golding led a delegation to Atlanta to present the bid proposal.
The San Diego City Council agreed earlier this month that the city would foot the bill for law enforcement, medical emergencies and other public services tied to the event. The city's tab for the 1998 Super Bowl was roughly $700,000, Deputy City Manager Bruce Herring said.
But that turned out to be a good investment. City officials calculated the 1998 Super Bowl generated $2.5 million in sales and hotel room taxes. Herring said the overall economic benefits for the region totaled $290 million.