With its slate of future Super Bowl sites, the NFL is positioned to showcase several of its prominent facilities in the coming years.
In a story last year, we took a look at future Super Bowl sites—covering Super Bowls LI in 2017 through Super Bowl LV in 2021. Given some recent developments, however, it seems appropriate to revisit and update that list to provide a more up-to-date preview of future Super Bowl sites.
Though it had been expected for several months, the NFL confirmed last week that it was awarding Super Bowl LV to Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The new Los Angeles stadium was originally to have hosted that Super Bowl, but now that it will open a season later than originally anticipated, the NFL has decided that it will instead host Super Bowl LVI in 2022.
That—combined with Super Bowl LI being in the rear-view mirror—shakes up the list of future Super Bowl sites. We begin the updated countdown with Super Bowl LII, moving up to LVI.
Super Bowl LII: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota Vikings
Opening last year for the Minnesota Vikings, U.S. Bank Stadium is now just months away from hosting its first Super Bowl. This will mark the first Super Bowl hosted in Minneapolis since 1992, when the Metrodome hosted Super Bowl XXVI in 1992, and the city’s second overall.
Super Bowl LIII: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta Falcons
Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened earlier this year, and is getting plenty of exposure in both the NFL and MLS, as it has hosted record-breaking crowds for Atlanta United FC. From the SEC Football Championship to next year’s MLS All-Star Game, it will stage plenty of major events leading up to its first turn at the Super Bowl.
When the Super Bowl arrives, it will be the third to have been played in Atlanta. The Georgia Dome—Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s predecessor—hosted Super Bowls XXVIII in 1994 and XXXIV in 2000.
Super Bowl LIV: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Dolphins
Between the 2014 and 2015 seasons, the 30-year-old facility received its first phase of renovations that led to a dramatic overhaul. One of its most prominent features—a canopy that covers over 90% of the seating bowl—was installed prior to the 2016 campaign, and additional improvements were made before the 2017 season.
This Super Bowl will be the first to be played in South Florida in some time, as the stadium’s last big game was Super Bowl XLIV in 2010. The area is no stranger to Super Bowls, however, as Super Bowl LIV will be the 11th Super Bowl to be played in the Miami area, allowing it to surpass New Orleans as the market with the most games hosted.
Super Bowl LV: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
After unsuccessful pushes to land a future Super Bowl, there was suddenly an opening for Raymond James Stadium when it was confirmed that the new Los Angeles stadium’s debut would be delayed. The NFL went ahead and awarded Super Bowl LV to Raymond James Stadium as a result.
While it has experience hosting two prior Super Bowls—XXXV and XLIII—Raymond James Stadium should have a different look and feel when its next turn rolls around, as renovations to the facility have been taking place over the last several years. Overall, Tampa has hosted the Super Bowl four times—including Super Bowls XVIII and XXV at Tampa Stadium, and XXXV and XLIII at Raymond James Stadium.
Super Bowl LVI: New Los Angeles Stadium, Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers
Much has changed with this stadium over the past year. For starters, the relocation of the San Diego Chargers to Los Angeles means that it will host two teams once it opens. In addition, heavy rainfall during the early phase of construction triggered a delay in the stadium’s opening, as it is now slated to debut in 2020 rather than 2019. As a result, its turn at hosting the Super Bowl was pushed back a year.
Nonetheless, the stadium will receive plenty of attention when the Super Bowl arrives. The facility will anchor a 298-acre development that will include an entertainment complex, as well as residential, lodging, dining, and recreation options. The complex itself is expected to carry a heavy focus on the NFL’s brand, assuring that it will receive significant attention during the game’s coverage. Super Bowl LVI will be the first that is staged in the Los Angeles area since Super Bowl XXVII was played at the Rose Bowl in 1993.
Image of U.S. Bank Stadium courtesy Minnesota Vikings. Image of Mercedes-Benz Stadium courtesy Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
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