The New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams are set to square off in Super Bowl LIII on February 3. The big game will be in Atlanta, Georgia at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, managing to avoid the miserable temperatures sweeping the northern parts of the country.
Atlanta (and Minneapolis in 2018) provides a clear model for how to land a Super Bowl. It's simple. Build a new stadium or make significant improvements to the existing one. (Atlanta opened this stadium in August 2017.) The lineup of future Super Bowl hosts features some of the newest and most recently renovated stadiums in the NFL.
Here's where you'll be seeing Super Bowl games played over the next handful of seasons, along with the tentative dates.
Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, February 3, 2019
Mercedes-Benz Stadium; Atlanta, Georgia
Super Bowl LIV on Sunday, February 2, 2020
Hard Rock Stadium; Miami Gardens, Florida
Super Bowl LV on Sunday, February 7, 2021
Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Florida
Super Bowl LVI on Sunday, February 6, 2022
Rams' new stadium; Inglewood, California
Super Bowl LVII
State Farm Stadum; Glendale, Arizona
Super Bowl LVIII
Mercdes-Benz Superdome; New Orleans, Louisiana
US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis held the championship in its second year of use (2018). That will be the same situation for Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz stadium, which was opened in the fall of 2017. The new stadium for the Rams is currently under construction.
Meanwhile, Hard Rock Stadium greenlit a $250 million renovation in 2016, and the Ray Jay in Tampa had a $100 million project greenlit in 2015. It's clear how to make it happen. Spend a bunch of money.