On Feb. 2, 2014, the NFL will make history with its first-ever Super Bowl in a cold-weather city without a domed stadium. One year after that controversial game in New York (actually, New Jersey), they’ll return to familiar surroundings and warm weather.
The 49th Super Bowl has been awarded to Arizona.
And so with a state-of-the-art venue in place, Phoenix/Glendale is officially an active part of the Super Bowl rotation. Only four years ago, they hosted Super Bowl XLII at University of Phoenix Stadium, which opened in 2006.
And in 2008, it’s where this happened…
Tampa is a great host city, but it hosted Super Bowl XLIII just three years ago and has hosted four games in total. It’s a bit troubling that the Buccaneers continually fail to sell out home games. And while I doubt that was a factor in this decision (the vote wasn’t a landslide), it’s nice to see a city that properly supports its team getting the game.
This year’s game will be played in Indianapolis and next year’s will take place in New Orleans. Then it’s “New York” in 2014 and “Phoenix” in 2015.
Things get very interesting again after that. There have been rumors that the league would like to bring the game back to Los Angeles for Super Bowl L. The very first Super Bowl was played in LA, but the game hasn’t been there since. With two potential stadiums in the works and at least one team inevitably heading to Southern California in the near future, it’s not completely unfathomable to imagine that the league might reward the city with a game despite the lack of a team and a venue.