The network reported NFL owners voted unanimously to move the game to Tampa, while Los Angeles will host Super Bowl 56, according to sources. Super Bowl 55 (LV) will tentatively take place Feb. 7, 2021.
A new football stadium is being built in Inglewood, California, to house the Rams and Chargers, but construction delays have pushed back its opening to 2020. The NFL would have needed to waive a rule that prohibits a Super Bowl being played at a stadium before it has hosted two full regular seasons. Instead, it chose to move the 2021 game to Tampa.
“Being awarded Super Bowl 2021 is a testament to our city’s ability to shine on the international stage,” said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Tampa does big events as well as anybody in the world and once again we will rise to the occasion. We look forward to working to meet the host requirements over the weeks ahead.”
Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer issued the following statement regarding the NFL’s decision:
“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.”
At the same meeting, the NFL voted to allow some flair back into celebrations, allowing players to use the football as a prop, celebrate as a group and roll around on the ground again if they choose.
In an e-mail to fans, Commissioner Roger Goodell says the new guidelines are intended to deliver “a more exciting game experience.” The league will continue to penalize any celebration deemed offensive, including those that embarrass opponents or mimic the use of weapons.