As a result of the stadium delay in Los Angeles, Super Bowl LV is moving across the country.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Super Bowl LV (55) in 2021 will now be held in Tampa, Florida, at Raymond James Stadium, the home of the Buccaneers. Los Angeles will still get its Super Bowl, but it will have to wait until 2022 for Super Bowl LVI (56).
The decision to relocate Super Bowl LV stems from last week's news that the Rams-Chargers joint stadium in Los Angeles will be delayed by a year until the summer of 2020. The reason for the delay? Rain.
From the announcement:
Unfortunately, Southern California experienced record-setting rain this winter. Despite bringing drought relief to the region, the rain fell during the mass excavation period of construction when no other work could proceed in wet conditions. As a result, we experienced significant delays and lost the better part of two months from early January into the beginning of March.
In the best interest of the project, we have decided to move the opening date to summer of 2020. This new target gives us flexibility to accommodate any additional delays that may arise while still delivering an unparalleled experience upon opening. This is a stadium that Angelenos, visitors and world-class athletes will celebrate for years to come, and we are committed to making sure this venue is exceptional from the day it opens.
As CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported, the delay didn't just mean the Rams and Chargers would be forced to continue to play at their temporary homes. It also meant that their ability to host the 2021 Super Bowl was in jeopardy because the NFL requires stadiums to be open for two years before hosting a Super Bowl -- a rule that was recently explained by Peter King of The MMQB. Luckily, they'll only have to wait a year for their Super Bowl. They're not losing it altogether.
With the changes in effect, here's the updated list of upcoming Super Bowls:
- Super Bowl LII (2018) in Minnesota
- Super Bowl LIII (2019) in Atlanta
- Super Bowl LIV (2020) in Miami
- Super Bowl LV (2021) in Tampa
- Super Bowl LVI (2022) In Los Angeles
Rain, rain, go away.