James Baker leading bid to bring Super Bowl back to Houston

Former Secretary of State James Baker leads a bid to bring a Super Bowl to Houston's Reliant Stadium. (USATI)

Former Secretary of State James Baker will lead Houston’s bid for the 2017 Super Bowl.

“I’m rock-solid certain the Houston bid will be first class, one that all Houstonians can be proud of,” said Baker, 83, a city native who was Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Treasury under President Ronald Reagan and Secretary of State under President George H.W. Bush.

Baker and developer Richard “Ric” Campo will head Houston’s effort to land the game for Reliant Stadium, which hosted Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004.

NFL owners are scheduled to vote in May on Super Bowls L and LI.

They’ll choose the 49ers’ new stadium in Santa Clara or Miami’s Sun Life Stadium for the 50th game in 2016, with the runner-up competing with Houston for the 51st, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The Dolphins are seeking public money to upgrade and renovate Sun Life Stadium, and the deal could be contingent on the NFL awarding Super Bowl L to Miami.

Houston officials said the 2004 game, New England's 32-29 win over Carolina, resulted in $350 million in economic impact as well as several urban expansion and renewal projects.

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