The NFL American football league has announced that its Super Bowl LV end-of-season event in 2021 will now take place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
The league had planned to stage the showpiece game at an under-construction stadium in Los Angeles, California, which will also be the new home of both the LA Rams and LA Chargers.
However, following confirmation that the venue will be delayed by a year, the NFL has taken the decision to relocate the 2021 game, with the Los Angeles stadium to instead host Super Bowl LVI in 2022.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said: “From our standpoint, we felt this was an appropriate thing to do. We were fortunate that Tampa had a very competitive presentation when they bid on the Super Bowl earlier [in 2016]. So this was a solution the membership got on very quickly.”
Kevin Demoff, chief operating officer at the Rams, said that he fully supports the decision: “In the past week, we have worked with the NFL on the resolution that was presented today and are supportive of the NFL owners’ decision to play Super Bowl LV in Tampa and to have Los Angeles host Super Bowl LVI in 2022.”
U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis will host Super Bowl LII in 2018, while the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta is set to host Super Bowl LIII in 2019, and the Hard Rock Stadium in Florida Super Bowl LIV in 2020.