Super Bowl and Final Four set to remain in Houston following HERO vote

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HOUSTON, TX - Houston is known as being one of the best convention cities in the country, but after voters rejected the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) on Tuesday, there's concern major events won't come to Houston.

Following Tuesday's election, different groups called on the NCAA and NFL to move this spring's Final Four and the 2017 Super Bowl away from Houston. Both of the events' organizing committees have said they'll go on as planned.

The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau was in favor of HERO, but is now working with other business on getting a new nondiscrimination measure put in place.

Spokesperson A.J. Mistretta said Houston should still hold the events, as they give an opportunity to highlight what makes Houston special.

"We don't believe this single vote defines our city," Mistretta said. "It's important to note that Houstonians live, breathe and work here every day. We hope people are still going to come here, and they're going to have a great time, and they're going to enjoy these major events."

Mistretta says the bureau ultimately wants to make sure visitors feel Houston is a welcoming place.


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