The Super Bowl will head to Nevada for the first time in 2024 after Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders, was awarded hosting rights to the NFL’s showpiece event.
Allegiant Stadium, which opened in 2020, will stage the Super Bowl on February 11, 2024.
The decision to award Allegiant Stadium rights to the game came after the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCA) and the Raiders were invited by the NFL to collaborate on a bid to host the event. The bid was presented yesterday (Wednesday) and approved by the league’s 32 clubs.
The Raiders said the Super Bowl will have an estimated total economic impact of more than $500m (£376m/€442m) based on previous editions of the game. A range of NFL and host committee community initiatives will be held in the two years leading up to the game.
“Being named a Super Bowl host city is a defining moment in the history of Las Vegas,” said Steve Hill, chief executive and president of the LVCVA.
“An event of this magnitude combined with the energy of Las Vegas is going to be unmatched. Our entire city is committed to making Super Bowl LVIII the most electrifying sports spectacle ever.
“The NFL has been an incredible partner, and we look forward to working with their team, the host committee and our partners across our destination to showcase Las Vegas as ‘The Greatest Arena on Earth’.”
Allegiant Stadium has a capacity of 65,000. The NFL requires Super Bowl stadiums to seat 70,000 fans and it has been suggested by the Raiders’ chief operations and analytics officer, Jeremy Aguero, that bleachers could be added to meet the capacity.
The 2024 Super Bowl had been due to take place at the Caesars Superdome, home of the New Orleans Saints. In October 2020, it was announced that New Orleans would now host in 2025 to avoid a conflict with Mardi Gras celebrations in the city.
The 2021 Super Bowl took place at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with 24,835 fans attending due to COVID-19 restrictions. The 2022 event will be held at SoFi Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers, before the game heads to the Arizona Cardinals’ State Farm Stadium in 2023.
Allegiant Stadium will also host the NFL Pro Bowl and NFL Draft in 2022.