A number of factors go into the NFL’s choices for hosting the Super Bowl. The host cities and host venues are frequently in warm-weather regions of the country, and the stadiums themselves often are new or have had recent renovations.
The NFL heads to Tampa, Florida and Raymond James Stadium for Super Bowl 55 on Feb. 7, 2021. The home of the Buccaneers has hosted two previous Super Bowls, in 2000 and 2008, and it recently underwent some cosmetic and practical renovations that make it a logical site for the big game.
In addition to Super Bowl 55, the NFL has already determined the location of three of the next four league championship games. Below, you’ll find more about the future of the Super Bowl’s location.
Where is the Super Bowl this year?
Super Bowl 55 will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa in 2021.
The NFL had originally planned to hold Super Bowl 55 in Los Angeles at the new home of the Rams and Chargers, SoFi Stadium. But because of weather-related construction delays there, the league chose to push that venue’s Super Bowl back a year.
Overall, the Super Bowl has been played four times in Tampa, Florida, twice in the old Tampa Stadium and twice (2000, 2008) in Raymond James Stadium, home of the Buccaneers. The stadium usually seats 65,000, and it can expand to seat 75,000.
The recent renovations at Raymond James Stadium include an advanced HD video system, with two large video boards (one at each end of the stadium) and four HD tower walls, ranking it as the third-largest video board system in the NFL.
“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,” Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a release at the time of the announcement. “Today’s announcement offers us the opportunity to showcase Tampa Bay’s unique ability to come together as a host for world-class events.”
Raymond James Stadium also has a new sound system, which features 400-plus speakers throughout the stadium, providing 750,000 watts of power.
Future Super Bowl locations
Year Super Bowl site
2021 Tampa, Raymond James Stadium, Super Bowl 55
2022 Los Angeles, SoFi Stadium, Super Bowl 56
2023 Glendale, State Farm Stadium, Super Bowl 57
2025 New Orleans, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Super Bowl 58
Super Bowl 2022: Los Angeles
The new NFL stadium in Los Angeles, SoFi Stadium, was originally slated to host the Super Bowl in 2021. But NFL rules require a stadium to be open two full seasons prior to hosting a Super Bowl, so it had to be pushed back to 2022 in L.A. once the stadium was delayed opening until 2020.
The Super Bowl has been in the Los Angeles area a total of seven times prior to SoFi Stadium’s hosting, twice at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum and five times at the Rose Bowl.
SoFi Stadium got a bizarre opening in the 2020 season due to COVID-19 fan restrictions which were at times especially tight in California.
SoFi Stadium can seat 70,000 people and has the ability to expand and hold up to 100,000. It’s also scheduled to host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2028 Summer Olympic Games.
Super Bowl 2023: Glendale/Phoenix
State Farm Stadium is a relatively new name to Glendale’s football stadium, but it’s actually the third time that building, opened in 2006, will host the Super Bowl. It’s going to mark Arizona’s fourth Super Bowl overall since Sun Devil Stadium hosted the contest in 1996.
The prior Super Bowls in State Farm Stadium were played in 2008 and 2015. Part of the pitch to bring the game back included upgrades around the cities of Glendale and Phoenix, including an up-to-date Phoenix airport for those traveling to the game.
State Farm Stadium was the first stadium in North America to feature a retractable natural grass playing surface along with a completely retractable roof that opens at an incline. It can seat up to 73,000 peope.
Super Bowl 2024: TBD
The NFL had originally scheduled New Orleans to host the Super Bowl in 2024. Because of the league’s planned expansion to a 17-game regular season schedule paired with a scheduling conflict with Mardi Gras, the next New Orleans Super Bowl LV has been pushed off an additional year.
According to CNBC, the NFL will decide on the 2024 host during the next year. It’ll look for what it does with all its hosts — the latest amenities and renovations, prime location for fans and the head honchos, along with pretty much always choosing a warm-weather spot (or if needed, a dome).
Super Bowl 2025: New Orleans
The 2025 Super Bowl will be the eighth time the building currently called the Mercedes-Benz Superdome hosts the big game. New Orleans also held the event three times prior at Tulane Stadium.
The Superdome, one of the NFL’s iconic venues, opened in 1975 and first hosted the Super Bowl in 1978. Despite its frequent hosting of the game, it’s been more than a decade since the game was played in New Orleans.
The last time the Super Bowl was in the Superdome, the Ravens beat the 49ers in 2013. That game may be more remembered for the lights going off in the third quarter.
The Superdome has never hosted a Super Bowl with the Saints participating. How New Orleans chooses to replace franchise legend Drew Brees could go a long way toward determining if that changes in 2025.