NFL owners have made the decision to move the 2021 Super Bowl from Los Angeles to Tampa.
The decision came after Los Angeles experienced record rainfall that pushed the new stadium’s opening back a year, to 2020.
During an annual one-day meeting held yesterday, the league decided it was too risky to host Super Bowl so close to the predicted opening date. The NFL would also have had to waiver a rule that states the Super Bowl must be played at a stadium that has hosted two full, regular seasons before, if they went ahead with it at Los Angeles.
Instead, they decided to move the event to Tampa and push back Super Bowl at Los Angeles to the following year. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell admitted to the Chicago media that they felt this was the right thing.
“So what we felt is the right thing, is don’t put any risk to the Super Bowl, which is an incredibly complex event,” he said.
“God forbid if there’s some other natural disaster, or some other thing that might affect the schedule — which [Rams owner Stan 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 2022 Super Bowl will now be held in Los Angeles after the 2021 event at Tampa.
2018 – Super Bowl LII, Minnesota
2019 – Super Bowl LIII, Atlanta
2020 – Super Bowl LIV, Miami
2021 – Super Bowl LV, Tampa
2022 – Super Bowl LVI, Los Angeles