Super Bowl LIV

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Super Bowl LIV
Hard Rock Stadium.jpg
Date February 2, 2020
Stadium Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
TV in the United States
Network Fox
Radio in the United States
Network Westwood One

Super Bowl LIV, the 54th Super Bowl and the 50th modern-era National Football League (NFL) championship game, will decide the league champion for the league's centennial 2019 season. The game is scheduled to be played on February 2, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida (with the exact date pending potential changes to the NFL calendar). This will be the 11th Super Bowl hosted by the South Florida region and the sixth Super Bowl hosted in Miami Gardens, with the last one being Super Bowl XLIV ten years earlier. The game will be televised nationally by Fox.

Host-selection process[edit]

On May 19, 2015, the league announced the four finalists that will compete to host either Super Bowl LIII in 2019 or Super Bowl LIV. NFL owners voted on these cities in May 2016, with the first round of voting determining who will host Super Bowl LIII, and the second round deciding the site for Super Bowl LIV. The league had also originally announced in 2015 that Los Angeles would be eligible as a potential Super Bowl LIV site if there is a stadium in place, and a team moved there by the start of the 2018 season.[1][2][3] The league opened the relocation window in January 2016, selecting the former St. Louis Rams to return to Los Angeles; their new stadium in Inglewood, California was, at the time of the vote, not scheduled to open until August 2019 (it began construction in December 2016, giving nearly three years to construct the stadium). This meant that the new stadium was scheduled to be open in time for the game (and the league selected the relocating team just in time to be considered for Super Bowl LIV), but, under the current construction timetable, would require a waiver of league policy to host Super Bowl LIV, as the league does not allow stadiums in their first year of existence to host the Super Bowl to ensure that stadium construction delays and unforeseen problems do not jeopardize the game. In May 2016, the league granted this waiver and confirmed that Los Angeles was still in consideration for Super Bowl LIV.[4] Los Angeles has hosted the Super Bowl seven times, most recently in 1993 with Super Bowl XXVII; that game, along with the four prior Super Bowls in the area, were held at the Rose Bowl while first two Super Bowls in Los Angeles area were held at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. On May 24, 2016, Atlanta was chosen to host Super Bowl LIII, thereby making it ineligible to host Super Bowl LIV. Meanwhile, Los Angeles removed itself from the running for Super Bowl LIV; it was awarded rights to Super Bowl LV shortly thereafter. However, a year later, on May 23, 2017, NFL owners opted to instead award Super Bowl LV to Tampa and give Super Bowl LVI to Los Angeles after it was announced that Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park would open in 2020 due to construction delays.

The two remaining finalists for Super Bowl LIV were as follows:[5][1]

Miami was selected as the host site at the NFL owners meeting on May 24, 2016.[6][7]

This is the first time the state of Florida will host back to back Super Bowls since Super Bowl XLIII in 2009 in Tampa and Super Bowl XLIV in 2010 in Miami Gardens.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Triplett, Mike (May 19, 2015). "Atlanta, Miami, New Orleans, Tampa eye 2019, 2020 Super Bowls". ESPN. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 
  2. ^ "NFL selects finalists for 2019, 2020 Super Bowls". NFL.com. May 19, 2015. Retrieved February 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ Farmer, Sam (May 20, 2015). "L.A. could get 2020 Super Bowl if team, stadium are in place by 2018". Los Angeles Times. 
  4. ^ Battista, Judy (May 23, 2016). Future Super Bowl sites, Las Vegas among topics at NFL meeting. NFL.com. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  5. ^ Wagner-McGough, Sean (May 19, 2015). "Finalists for 2019, 2020 Super Bowls: Atlanta, Miami, New Orleans, Tampa". CBS Sports. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 
  6. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg. "Atlanta, South Florida, L.A. chosen to host Super Bowls". NFL.com. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  7. ^ "NFL awards future Super Bowls to Atlanta, South Florida and Los Angeles". CBS Sports. Retrieved May 24, 2016.