Tampa Gets Another Super Bowl
The 2021 Super Bowl will be relocated from Los Angeles to Tampa, according to reports from nfl.com and buccaneers.com.
TAMPA – League owners voted unanimously today (May 23) to move Super Bowl 2021 to Tampa because of delays in the opening of the Rams and Chargers joint stadium in Los Angeles, according to a report by Austin Knoblauch at nfl.com.
Instead of Super Bowl LV, Los Angeles will host Super Bowl LVI in 2022.
Knoblauch explained: “Last year, the NFL awarded the Super Bowl to the yet-to-be built stadium in Inglewood, CA. However, as NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, the league requires stadiums to be open for two seasons before they can host a Super Bowl. Owners would have needed to approve a waiver for LA to host the Big Game since it’s now not scheduled to open until 2020 (it was originally slated for a 2019 opening).
“Record rainfall in Southern California caused construction delays earlier this year on the Inglewood Stadium, prompting its opening to be delayed by a year. Water up to 15 feet deep flooded parts of the construction site during the excavation period, the Los Angeles Times reported last week.”
According to a statement by Tampa Bay Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer, “The Tampa Bay area has enjoyed great success over the years hosting Super Bowls and we look forward to working with our local leaders in the coming months to meet the requirements for hosting Super Bowl LV in 2021. Today’s announcement offers us the opportunity to showcase Tampa Bay’s unique ability to come together as a host for world-class events.”
Buccaneers.com writer Joe Kania said, “The game would be played in February of 2021. It would mark the fifth time that Tampa has hosted a Super Bowl. The city has hosted the game in 2009, 2001, 1991 and 1984. … Tampa hosted the College Football National Championship game this past year. By the time the Super Bowl would be played in Tampa, extensive renovations to Raymond James Stadium will have been completed.”
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