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HOUSTON -- This year s Super Bowl, of course, is at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. But what are the chances of the big game coming back to Houston s Reliant Stadium?

It's been nine years since Houston has hosted a Super Bowl; now, we are in the hunt to host the game in 2017.

Sporting events are the front porch of a community, maybe not the most important part, but what people look at most closely, said Texans president Jamey Rootes.

Rootes says Houston is a semifinalist in a bid to host the Super Bowl in 2017.

Every year the Texans look at the stadium and decide what can be done to improve it.

Because stadiums are perhaps the biggest factor in the bid process, Rootes says Reliant is always being updated.

Reliant Stadium -- we've got the best fan experience in the NFL as rated by J.D. Powers, said Rootes. We have the best tailgating in the NFL. That's all part of what we will do and recreate for the Super Bowl.

But in the age where bigger is better, the team is upping the ante and installing giant video boards.

They will be the largest video board installation in the world in a sports stadium -- 25 percent bigger than the previous high, said Rootes.

That means bigger than the monster screen at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.

Each end zone will get a new video board.

You look at the Reliant Energy sign on either side and it will bracket it, said Rootes.

But will the technical wizardry be enough to sway the NFL owners, who will decide in four months by majority vote, whether Houston is ready for the big game.

It is a confidential ballot among 32 owners in the National Football League, said Rootes. We know for sure we have one vote, and we are working on the rest.

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