Super Bowl LV has been moved to Tampa after news emerged that the opening of the Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park would be delayed by a year.
The 55th edition of the National Football League’s (NFL) season-ending showpiece was scheduled to take place at the new joint home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers in 2021, but league owners voted unanimously on Tuesday to relocate the game to Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Last year, the NFL awarded the annual championship game to LA, but construction delays dictated that the stadium would not be open for the two seasons required before hosting a Super Bowl.
The new football arena in Inglewood, California, was expected to open in 2019, but that date has now been pushed back to 2020. The stadium will instead host Super Bowl LVI in 2022.
“From our standpoint, we felt this was an appropriate thing to do," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “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.”
Bryan Glazer, co-chairman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, added: “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.”
“Today's announcement offers us the opportunity to showcase Tampa Bay's unique ability to come together as a host for world class events.”
The 2017/18 NFL season gets underway on 7th September, with defending champions New England Patriots hosting the Kansas City Chiefs.