Another riveting Super Bowl is in the books after the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 in Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, Fla.
But now the party leaves town. Where will the game be played in the future?
Sites for the next three Super Bowls already have been determined. Miami will host the Super Bowl next season, followed by the Dallas Cowboys’ new stadium in Arlington, Texas, in 2011 and Indianapolis in 2012. Arlington and Indianapolis will host a Super Bowl for the first time.
After that, sites for the Super Bowl are still open. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday (watch video) that Los Angeles could host the game in 2016, even if the city still doesn’t have an NFL franchise. The game would mark the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl, and Super Bowl I was played at the Los Angeles Coliseum, so it makes sense.
The Los Angeles Times reported that local businessmen are attempting to make it happen:
- L.A. businessmen Casey Wasserman and Tim Leiweke are trying to position L.A. to play host to Super Bowl L and the Pro Bowl that precedes it, either in the Coliseum or Rose Bowl — or in a new stadium, if one is built by then.
The last time the Super Bowl was played in California was 2003 in San Diego, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Oakland Raiders 48-21. The Super Bowl hasn’t been played in the Los Angeles area since 1993 in Pasadena, when the Dallas Cowboys ripped the Buffalo Bills 52-17.
The Los Angeles area has hosted the game seven times. Miami and New Orleans have hosted the most Super Bowls with nine each. Tampa is fourth, hosting the event four times.
Speaking of Tampa, committee organizers said they want to bring the Super Bowl back to town, potentially as early as 2014. Tampa Bay Host Committee director Reid Sigmon talked to the St. Petersburg Times about the game returning to town, but he wouldn’t comment on how soon the city would make a run at it:
- “We definitely want to bid again. … We haven’t talked officially about when.”
Officials in New Orleans also have recently expressed interest about hosting another Super Bowl in the near future.