Houston Texans fans can only hope that this is a good omen: The Associated Press—and that awesome photo, above, from Beyoncé’s Tumblr—confirms that the Houstonian will be the halftime entertainment at Super Bowl XLVII on February 3, 2013, in New Orleans.
As the AP’s Meskin Fekadu originally reported, “a source familiar with the Super Bowl told the Associated Press the Grammy-winning diva will take the stage at the halftime show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because that person wasn’t authorized to publicly reveal the information.”
As Fekadu noted, Beyoncé previously graced the big game as the national anthem singer in 2004, when Super Bowl XXXVIII took place at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.
The AP writer was also quick to speculate that, given the Super Bowl halftime tradition of big guest stars, Beyoncé‘s performance “could likely include husband-rapper Jay-Z and her Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.”
Entertainment Weekly‘s Erin Strecker also played the speculation game, adding Tina Turner and a Michael Jackson hologram (!) to the wish list, while joking that the game would be the perfect time for Blue Ivy’s performing debut.
“I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Destiny’s Child are the only contemporaries that have a shot at an appearance,” Strecker conceded.
But there was also other Houston/Super Bowl-related news on Tuesday.
As John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported, the city, the Texans and Reliant are in the running to host Super Bowl LI (that’s “51”) in 2017.
Miami (technically Miami Gardens) and San Francisco (technically Santa Clara) are the two cities in the mix for Super Bowl L in 2016, and whichever market doesn’t get that game will go up against Houston for the next year’s contest.
As McClain noted, Houston also held the game in 1974, and bid unsuccessfully to host it in 2009, 2010, and last year. Reliant might have tried to get the bigger-deal fiftieth game, but the city is already hosting the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four in 2016.
“If we don’t [get 51], I do think being selected as one of two finalists bodes well for us getting another one,” Houston Texans owner Bob McNair told McClain.
Left out of the mix in all of this is Arlington/North Texas (We said North Texas! Are you reading this, Tim Rogers?).
According to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, a bid to bring the game back into Cowboys Stadium, which hosted the chilly, seating-problem plagued Super Bowl XLV in 2010, is going to wait for a few years.
Roger Staubach, chairman of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee, has said he expects the area to host the game again in 2017, ’18 or ’19. But the [NFL] committee’s decision Tuesday means North Texas won’t host its second Super Bowl until at least 2018, and it seems unlikely the committee would put back-to-back Super Bowls in Texas.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones took the high road in a statement, saying:
We support the committee’s judgment in considering a brand new facility in the Bay Area, as well as the South Florida market – which has hosted the most Super Bowls – as logical sites for the 50th game. The selection process has changed since North Texas was chosen for Super Bowl XLV by a vote of the ownership, and although we did not make a bid in this current committee process, we will always be interested in having Super Bowls at Cowboys Stadium for years to come.
We wish the 49ers, Dolphins and Texans, and their communities, the very best in their pursuit of Super Bowls L and LI. They are all great places to have the game.”
The NFL owners will select the 2016 and 2017 sites in May, after which, as Williams wrote, “North Texas should fall into the queue….”
Which means the real question remains: Which is gonna happen first: the Super Bowl gets back to Cowboys Stadium, or the Cowboys get back to the Super Bowl?