After massive rainfall delayed the construction of the Los Angeles NFL stadium by one year, NFL owners voted today to give the 2021 Super Bowl to Tampa Bay and push L.A.’s Super Bowl back to 2022.
The Inglewood, Calif., stadium, which will be shared by the Rams and the Chargers, had been scheduled to host the 2021 Super Bowl. But after record-setting rain this winter, the teams said it won’t be completed until the summer of 2020, and the league worried that was too close to the Super Bowl date in early 2021. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said:
So what we felt is the right thing, is don’t put any risk to the Super Bowl, which is an incredibly complex event. God forbid if there’s some other natural disaster, or some other thing that might affect the schedule.
The $2.6 billion dollar stadium complex should be ready for the 2020 season. NFL rules mandate that a facility be fully functional for two season before it can host a Super Bowl.