Houston Council Backs Super Bowl Bid

Thursday, October 19th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

HOUSTON (AP) — The City Council has backed a Super Bowl bid for 2004 as organizers prepare to make their pitch to the NFL.

Council members agreed Wednesday to provide about $400,000 in services for the event, including security, traffic control and signs. The city also would provide use of the George R. Brown Convention Center and a planned convention center hotel.

Houston's formal bid to the NFL is scheduled Nov. 1.

NFL owners had tentatively agreed, when Texans owner Bob McNair paid a record $700 million for the new franchise last year, to give the game to Houston. But the city had to reserve 17,500 hotel rooms and meet other league requirements.

Funding for event preparations would come from the city's hotel tax.

The city's agreement for the event was important, said Jamey Rootes, the Texans' senior vice president of marketing and sales.

``It's ours to lose,'' said Jordy Tollett, director of the city's Convention and Entertainment Facilities Department.

Officials of Harris County already have passed a resolution in support of hosting the Super Bowl.

Visitors would spend $120 million to $180 million in Houston before and during the game and generate up to $1.5 million in sales-tax revenues for the city, according to estimates.