Professional football is officially back in Los Angeles and now it is about to be on the biggest stage possible. NFL owners met to vote on Super Bowl locations for 2019-21, with Los Angeles winning the bid for 2021.
The Super Bowl will be held at the Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s $2.6 billion stadium in Inglewood that is currently under construction, which is expected to be done by 2019. The news came via Andrew Siciliano of NFL Network:
Los Angeles will host Super Bowl LV
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) May 24, 2016
Los Angeles’ selection seemingly follows a trend of sites that are currently spending big money either building or renovating stadiums as pointed out by Jenna Laine of Sports Talk Florida:
Cost of new stadiums/renovations of winning host cities:
2019 Atlanta: $1.4 billion
2020 South Florida: $450 million
2021 LA: $2.6 billion
— JennaLaineBucs (@JennaLaineBucs) May 24, 2016
Many speculate the trend started in 2018 when the NFL gave the Super Bowl to Minneapolis over New Orleans. Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com summed up that situation:
“Build a stadium and you get a game, even if you are a cold-weather venue vying against the best city in the country.”
Los Angeles certainly has a history with the NFL’s biggest game, hosting Super Bowl I and VII in the Memorial Coliseum. They have also hosted four in the Rose Bowl just across town in Pasadena. Between now and the Super Bowl in 2021, there is plenty of excitement for the city and fans.