Super Bowl LV is upon us. On Sunday, February 7th, 2021, the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the first time in NFL history a team is playing the Super Bowl in their home stadium. The game takes place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, FL, and begins at 6:30 PM ET. However, the NFL plans the Super Bowl years in advance. With the 2020-2021 season ending tonight, let’s take a look into the future Super Bowl locations.
What determines Super Bowl locations?
The NFL created a new model for determining what city is selected for the Super Bowl a few years back. In the past, cities placed bids to compete against each other for hosting rights.
In the new model, the NFL asks a city if it would like to host. From there, they create a plan. This eliminates hard feelings when one city is selected over another. As a result, other cities no longer need to waste unnecessary time and resources.
On one hand, why would cities spend the time to make the bid? The Super Bowl provides a huge economic boost to the hosting city. This is why the host takes years from the moment they agree until kickoff planning this monumental event.
Super Bowl LVI 2022: SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles, California
The newly built SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA, was originally the location of Super Bowl LV this season. However, the NFL requires a stadium to be open for two years before it can host the big game.
Various construction delays caused by many factors, however, pushed back the stadium’s opening until September 8, 2020 — just one week ahead of the Rams’ Sunday Night showdown with the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1 of the season. This will be the eighth time the Los Angeles metropolitan area hosts the Super Bowl’s festivities. Yet, it will be the first since 1993.
Super Bowl LVII 2023: State Farm Stadium, Phoenix/Glendale, Arizona
The Super Bowl will return to the desert for the fourth time when Arizona hosts Super Bowl 57. State Farm Stadium sees the big game’s action for the third time. The last time Arizona hosted, fans watched the New England Patriots defeat the Seattle Seahawks with a thrilling Malcolm Butler interception in the fourth quarter’s waning seconds in 2015.
In their pitch to bring the game back, Glendale and Phoenix’s cities highlighted many upgraded features surrounding the stadium. They included a $5.7 billion, 20-year plan with significant renovations to the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
A location for Super Bowl LVIII in 2024 is still TBD
The Mercedez-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, originally held hosting rights for Super Bowl 58. However, with the NFL moving to a 17-game regular season next year, the Super Bowl date moves back a week. This creates a conflict with New Orleans’ Mardi Gras celebrations, which will begin on February 13th.
A new arrangement with New Orleans to host the Super Bowl in 2025 has been agreed upon. As of right now, though, the host for Super Bowl 2024 has not yet been determined. Currently, Las Vegas has offered to host the game in the newly built Allegiant Stadium. However, a decision as to which location will host the Super Bowl has not yet been made.
Super Bowl LIX 2025: Mercedez-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
After the regular season changes, the league decided to move the New Orleans host year to 2025 as Mardi Gras is not until March. The Big Easy will host the Super Bowl for the 11th time.
The last time the game was in Louisiana was 2013 for Super Bowl XLVII. The Baltimore Ravens took down the San Fransico 49ers in the “Harbaugh brother bowl.” This game became infamous for its 22-minute power outage, causing a 34-minute stoppage in play just after the start of the second half.
In their pitch to host the Super Bowl again, New Orleans Saints’ owner Gayle Benson and president Dennis Lauscha focused on the city’s built-in entertainment and compact downtown area. In addition, they stressed the reputation New Orleans has as a travel destination.
It will be intriguing to see which cities the NFL decides to select for the future Super Bowl locations beyond 2025.
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