In a one-day meeting, NFL owners voted unanimously to have Tampa host the February 2021 Super Bown LV.
The decision was made in the midst of construction delays hitting the proposed Los Angeles Stadium — which the Rams and Chargers will share — caused by heavy rainfall in the area. Los Angeles had previously been the favorite to host Super Bowl LV. However, the NFL regulates that teams hosting the Super Bowl must have stadiums that have been operational for at least two seasons.
Super Bowl LV will be the first NFL championship held in Tampa since 2009, when the Pittsburgh Steelers took on the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII. This will be the fifth Super Bowl that Tampa will host.
“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,” said Tampa Bay Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer. Tampa still needs to ensure the commitment of local hotels, event venues, and business leaders before the bid becomes official.
Tampa was lauded for its hosting of the College Football National Championship game this past January. By the time the Super Bowl returns to the city, its Raymond James Stadium will have undergone a $150 million renovation.
Tampa representatives were worried after being rejected for hosting the Super Bowl in 2019 and 2020, which Atlanta and then Miami won the rights to. With the possibility of more cold weather Super Bowls taking place in the near future, the city was glad to receive the 2021 bid.
“Hosting our fifth super bowl has been a top priority for quite some time,” said Rob Higgins, executive director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. “It’s something we monitor on a daily basis in terms of the national landscape for future years and certainly we had seen some of the reports bubble up and the conversations became much more tangible in the last few days.”