Super Bowl LV (2021)
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The 55th Super Bowl is scheduled to take place at the Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida, on February 7, 2021.
Tampa’s position as host was confirmed following a whirlwind selection process following which Tampa was originally left disappointed.
In early May 2015, the five finalists that would compete to host the 2019 Super Bowl LIII and 2020 Super Bowl LIV were announced:
In mid-May, 2015, the NFL announced that five finalists had been selected to compete for the opportunity to hold the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls:
- Arlington, Texas (AT&T Stadium)
- New Orleans, Louisiana (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
- Santa Clara, California (Levi’s Stadium)
- Miami Gardens, Florida (Sun Life Stadium)
- Seattle, Washington (CenturyLink Field)
- Los Angeles, California (Stadium Unknown)
Two voting processes were initially planned, the first of which determined the host of Super Bowl LIII (Atlanta) and the second Super Bowl LIV (Miami). However, at a later date, a third round of voting was unexpectedly added during which the NFL were to select the host of the 2021 Super Bowl LV. Los Angles, which would not be eligible for Super Bowl LIII because its stadium would not be finished in time, decided to withdraw its bid for the Super Bowl LIV and to instead bid only on Super Bowl LV. As such, the contenders for the host city and stadium for Super Bowl LV were as follows:
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
City of Champions Stadium, Inglewood, California
Following an NFL owners’ meeting that was held on May 24, 2016, it was announced that Los Angeles had emerged triumphant and would be the host of Super Bowl LV. However, LA later had to pull out of the agreement due to delays in the construction of its stadium at Hollywood Park, and the owners subsequently voted to host the Super Bowl LV in Tampa.
If everything goes according to plan, Super Bowl LVI will be held at the City of Inglewood in 2022.
The 55th Super Bowl will mark the fifth time the Super Bowl has been hosted in Tampa, the most recent of which was the 2009 showdown between Pittsburgh and Arizona. At the time, it was estimated that the game had a major economic impact on Tampa to the tune of $374 million USD.
The NFL decision to host the 2021 Super Bowl in Tampa came as welcome news to the city, which had narrowly missed out in a number of bids to host the Super Bowl in recent years. In a statement that was released following the news that the NFL league owners had voted unanimously to move Super Bowl LV to Tampa from Los Angeles due to delays in the construction of the Ram’s stadium in Inglewood, Co-Chairman of the bid committee, Bryan Glazer commented: “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.”
Tampa has also hosted the NCAA College Football Championship, is set to host the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2017 and is the annual host of the Outback Bowl.
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
Seating Capacity: 65,890
Suites/club Seats: 195 suites; 12,332 club seats
On-site Parking: 10,000
Nearest Airport: Tampa International Airport (TPA)