The Super Bowl is heading back to Houston—Super Bowl LI, to be exact.
NFL owners voted Tuesday to award the 51st Super Bowl to Houston in 2017. Houston’s Reliant Stadium last hosted a Super Bowl in 2004, and the big game was last held in Texas in 2011 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
Houston officials cheered Tuesday’s announcement, citing the game’s benefit to tourism, media attention, and the local economy.
“This is a worldwide stage that will be constructed in Houston and the world will be watching,” Houston Texans owner Bob McNair said in a press release. “It’s an opportunity to showcase our wonderful city, the NFL and the Super Bowl all at the same time.”
The Houston Super Bowl Bid Committee is planning a 10-day festival called “Super Bowl El Centro” leading up to February 2017 game, according to a news release from the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“Our plans for the international celebration leading up to the game will create an unprecedented fan experience for Super Bowl LI,” said Ric Campo, chairman of the bid committee.