FANTAASTIC: LA To Host 2021 Super Bowl
‘Everyone Is Excited’ Says Rams’ Owner
May 26, 2016
The first Super Bowl was played in Los Angeles in 1967.
The 55th one will be hosted by Los Angeles in 2021 in the LA Rams’ new stadium in Inglewood.
This is not trivial news. It is, in fact, fantastic news.
If you’re a fan of National Football League games or not, be happy for all the fans of the sport and all the local businesses that will profit from the event.
Thousands of visitors will arrive for a week-long party preceding the game. They’ll spend millions of dollars.
LA was also bidding for the 2020 Super Bowl but Stan Kroenke, the Rams’ owner who has moved the team from St. Louis to here, says 2021 is the best outcome.
The Rams’ new $2.6 billion dollar stadium in Inglewood is scheduled to open in 2019.
“We want everything to be perfect for the Super Bowl,” said Kroenke. “Waiting one more year will give us a better chance for that.
“Everyone is excited about this.”
It will probably be asking too much for the Rams
to qualify as a participant in the game considering they haven’t even made the playoffs in recent seasons. But no matter which teams will play the day will rank with everything Los Angeles has had in its remarkable sports history.
In the NFL’s first Super Bowl, played in the Coliseum in 1967, Green Bay defeated Kansas City, 35-10. The MVP was Packers’ quarterback Bart Starr.
Los Angeles hosted seven Super Bowls until 1993. But then LA didn’t have an NFL team because the Rams moved to St. Louis and the Raiders left for Oakland. A city must have an NFL team to be eligible to be a Super Bowl host.
Kroenke changed that when the Rams recently returned to Los Angeles after a 22-year absence.
One advantage LA had over other bidders is a huge amount of hotel space. A lot of hotels have been built here since LA had its last Super Bowl and more are under construction.