If you had plans to attend Super Bowl LV in Los Angeles, don’t buy an airline ticket or make any long-term tailgating plans quite yet. The Super Bowl schedule has been flipped around just a bit and if you end up in L.A. for the big game, you will be on the wrong coast!
ESPN is reporting that inclement weather has delayed the opening of a new stadium in Los Angeles, so the NFL owners had to put together a plan to find a new place to hold Super Bowl 55. The owners voted unanimously earlier today to move the big game to Tampa Bay, home of the Buccaneers. Now Super Bowl 55 will be held at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium in 2021, and Los Angeles will host Super Bowl 56 one year later, in 2022.
For NFL legalities sake, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Rams now have 90 days to prove that their respective facilities are on track to host the Super Bowl, which we all know is the NFL’s technical language for the reality that NFL owners agreed on the move, so it is a done deal!
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Rams owner Stan Kroenke was “incredibly cooperative on this” and remains focused on “creating a quality stadium for the long term for the fans in Los Angeles.”
“So what we felt is the right thing, is don’t put any risk to the Super Bowl, which is an incredibly complex event,” Goodell told the media from Chicago.
“God forbid if there’s some other natural disaster, or some other thing that might affect the schedule — which [Kroenke] does not obviously anticipate and feels comfortable with the time frame. It would put an undue risk to the Super Bowl and to our fans. So from our standpoint, we thought this was the appropriate thing to do.”
The future Inglewood site is going to be something to behold. The new $2.6 billion facility will be shared by both the Los Angeles Rams and San Diego Chargers and is allegedly going to be one of the most modern and chic stadiums in the entire NFL. Along with the new stadium in Inglewood, the Oakland (soon to be Las Vegas) Raiders are also putting together a one in a million new facility.
Next season, the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota will host the Super Bowl for the second time in NFL history as Super Bowl 52 will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. The game will get underway at 6:30 p.m. ET, and air on NBC.
The only other time Minnesota hosted the Super Bowl was back on January 26, 1992. On that day, the Washington Redskins took down the Buffalo Bills by the final score of 37-24. Washington quarterback Mark Rypien was named the MVP on that cold day in Minnesota, throwing for 292 yards and two touchdowns.
In the 51 years that the Super Bowl has been played, the host city has yet to have their team play in the big game. Could this Minnesota Vikings team break that trend this year and win Super Bowl 52 in front of their hometown fans? Las Vegas odds makers don’t believe so. Currently, the Vikings are listed +3300 to be crowned the new champs of the NFL. The New England Patriots are the favorites at +350.
Below is a look at the future Super Bowl sites for the next five seasons.
Super Bowl LII
Sunday, February 4, 2018
U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
Super Bowl LIII
Sunday, February 3, 2019
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Super Bowl LIV
Sunday, February 2, 2020*
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
Super Bowl LV
Sunday, February 7, 2021*
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Super Bowl LVI
Sunday, February 6, 2022*
City of Champions Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
*Tentative date pending possible changes to the NFL calendar.
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