Super Bowl Locations: Latest Info on Future Venues for NFL Championship
Super Bowl XLVIII is being held in East Rutherford, N.J., at MetLife Stadium. It's the first cold-weather venue the NFL has utilized for the Super Bowl in the modern era, which has certainly been a hot topic of debate.
Since the start of the selection process, the league has made it a point to only consider warm-weather sites. But this year's extravaganza in New York could be the start of something new.
However, after the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos compete in 2014, the big game will move down the ladder in terms of latitude for at least the next three years. With that in mind, here's a look at where future Super Bowls will take place.
2015 Super Bowl: Glendale, Ariz.
Date: Feb. 1, 2015
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
If there's any residual cold left over from Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium, then you can be sure it will disappear by the time the league's top two teams arrive in Glendale, Ariz., for Super Bowl XLIX.
The University of Phoenix Stadium is still a relatively new venue, having opened its doors to the public in 2006.
The state-of-the-art facility hosted its first Super Bowl just two years later, when Eli Manning, David Tyree and the New York Giants knocked off the previously undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.
One can only hope for a similarly exciting conclusion to the next big game held in the desert.
After Arizona won the right to host Super Bowl XLIX, Cardinals president Michael Bidwill offered his thoughts on what attracted the league to the city once again, via the venue's official website. He also delved into what it means to the local community:
We have a great stadium. Our hotel, resort and tourism infrastructure is really unparalleled, and since 2008, great new amenities have been built, particularly in downtown Phoenix.
This is going to come at a great time for our local community and give us the ability to really rally around a great, big event. It's going to be huge for tourism, our economic development and our visibility not only in the United States but around the world.
Even better, the Arizona Cardinals could potentially play at home for Super Bowl XLIX after posting an impressive 10-6 record in the brutal NFC West under rookie head coach Bruce Arians.
2016 Super Bowl: Santa Clara, Calif.
Venue: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.
It wasn't a big surprise when the San Francisco 49ers beat out the Miami Dolphins to host Super Bowl L.
While Miami has a special place in NFL history thanks to Don Shula and his two Super Bowl championships (including the 1972 undefeated team), and 10 previous hosted Super Bowls, there isn't another team in the league with more history and tradition as San Francisco.
The 49ers will be moving into a shiny new venue at the start of the 2014 season, and Levi's Stadium will be the most state-of-the-art facility in the league—at least until the next stadium is erected.
According to Taylor Price of 49ers.com, Levi's Stadium "will be the most technologically advanced venue to ever host a Super Bowl."
Team CEO Jed York revealed the successful bid to land the Super Bowl was something the franchise had been planning toward even before breaking ground on the new stadium, per Price:
Even before breaking ground in April of 2012, the vision for Levi’s® Stadium has always been to build a venue that showcases all that is special about the Bay Area innovation, sustainability and fan experience are the pillars on which we designed and constructed this world-class facility.
We look forward to NFL fans from around the globe enjoying our region and our stadium, the likes of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
And given the powerhouse roster general manager Trent Baalke and head coach Jim Harbaugh have assembled in San Francisco, it won't be shocking if the 49ers end up playing in their host Super Bowl.
2017 Super Bowl: Houston, Texas
Venue: Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas
On the same day San Francisco won the bid for Super Bowl L over Miami, Houston did the same for Super Bowl LI.
Houston owner Bob McNair wasn't shy about expressing his excitement after being voted in by the owners, via ESPN.com:
I can't tell you how excited I am for Houston in being selected as the site for the 2017 Super Bowl. This is a worldwide stage that will be constructed in Houston and the world will be watching. It's an opportunity to showcase our wonderful city, the NFL and the Super Bowl all at the same time.
Reliant Stadium opened its gates in 2002, and this will be the second time Houston has hosted a Super Bowl at the new venue. Super Bowl VIII was held at Rice Stadium in Houston, and Super Bowl XXXVIII was the first at the new stadium.
It will be interesting to see how the city handles the concentrated influx of tourists this time around, as Katie McCall of ABC Houston reports parking and hotel accommodations are in need of an upgrade.
The Texans finished the 2013 regular season with the worst record in the NFL. It'll take some work between now and 2017 for this franchise to be in a position to potentially play in the big game at home.
2018 Super Bowl: TBD
There are three finalists in play to host Super Bowl LII, which Pro Football Talk detailed on Twitter:
Super Bowl LII will be in either New Orleans, Minneapolis or Indianapolis http://t.co/0TF2aOgYG7— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 8, 2013
Indianapolis recently hosted its first Super Bowl in 2012, when the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots in the big game for the second time in five years.
New Orleans was the host of the 2013 Super Bowl (also known as "The Harbowl") between Jim and John Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens. It was one of 10 times New Orleans has hosted a Super Bowl.
You have to go a ways back to find the one and only time Minnesota has hosted the big game. It was all the way back in 1992 when Washington beat the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI.
Given the recent action both Indy and New Orleans have had and considering the Vikings will have a stellar new stadium to feature, it's likely Minnesota will win this bid.