Super Bowl LV Moved To Tampa; LA To Host SB LVI
- Author: Julie Sanders May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 0:40
NFL owners voted unanimously on Tuesday to relocate the 2021 Super Bowl to Tampa, Florida, from Los Angeles given construction delays on a new stadium that was supposed to host the game, according to a report on the league's website.
The Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers now have until August 25 to prove their respective facilities are on track to host the Super Bowl, which is the most watched television event of the year in the United States.
The New England Patriots celebrate with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas.
The NFL has chose to award Los Angeles the opportunity to host Super Bowl LVI instead of Super Bowl LV due to the one-year construction delay.
A winter full of record setting rain in the LA area has put them behind schedule in the excavation process of the new Rams/Chargers stadium and the National Football League is pushing back their Super Bowl as well. 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).
"From our standpoint, we felt this was an appropriate thing to do", NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says in a story posted on the NFL's website. "So this was a solution the membership got on very quickly". "It would put an undue risk to the Super Bowl and to our fans".
Tampa had been the runner-up in the last host-selection round and was quick to step in and fill the void.
"Over the next 90 days, we will continue to work with our partners across the Los Angeles region, including the Chargers, to deliver the elements promised in the bid that was approved past year". The city has hosted the Super Bowl four times, most recently after the 2008 season when the Pittsburgh Steelers edged the Arizona Cardinals for their most recent title.