The Super Bowl Is Coming To L.A. In 2021
Only months ago, L.A. was still being derided as the biggest metropolitan city without a football team. Fast forward to today, and Angelenos not only have their hometown team back, they're also getting a Super Bowl.The NFL announced Tuesday that Super Bowl LV will land in the City of Angels in 2021, and will be played at the yet-to-be-built Inglewood stadium that will soon host the Los Angeles Rams. The league also announced that Atlanta and South Florida will get Super Bowl games in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
The Inglewood stadium, expected to cost $2.6-billion-plus, is slated to open in 2019, according to the L.A. Times. In the meantime, the Rams will be playing home games at the Coliseum.
Several cities met with the NFL in North Carolina today to make their bids to host the Super Bowl. According to 11Alive, L.A.'s pitch to the NFL included a video that showed clips from sports films such as Remember the Titans and Friday Night Lights. The video also featured an ensemble cast of actors—including the likes of Rob Lowe, Owen Wilson, and Robert Downey Jr.—who rooted for L.A. to become a host city. Atlanta's pitch, on the other hand, included "Arthur Blank, Rich McKay, Doug Hertz, a corporate sponsor, and another corporate sponsor from Equifax." Who? What?
Some on Twitter were jubilant over the news about Super Bowl LV:
Others, however, were a little more subdued:
This will be the first time that L.A. has hosted the Super Bowl since 1993, when the Dallas Cowboys manhandled the Buffalo Bills at the Rose Bowl. It should also be noted that L.A. hosted the first Super Bowl EVER, which took place on January 15, 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs with a final score of 35-10. In total, L.A. has hosted the Super Bowl seven times.
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