The NFL definitely has a thing for Florida when it comes to Super Bowls, which makes sense. Just gotta cross your fingers that the rain stays away for one night.
Super Bowl 55 will take place in Tampa, Florida, at the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, one year after Miami Gardens played host to Super Bowl 54, which was won by Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. Kansas City is streaking toward a return to the big game, and with Tom Brady now a Buccaneer himself, there’s the potential for a home game of sorts in 2021’s Super Bowl.
A team has never played a Super Bowl in its home stadium, but there’s a chance that changes in 2021. There will also be the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications hanging over the game. Will the stadium be filled with fans? Who will be wearing masks? Could the game be postponed or (gasp) get canceled? And what if a star player tests positive for the coronavirus in the days before the game?
If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s to roll with the punches. It seems nearly impossible that the NFL would allow its showcase event to be canceled, so expect the league to take that approach and just plow forward. At worst, everyone can sit at home, listen to Tony Romo’s brilliant color commentary on CBS and judge Roger Goodell’s mask during the trophy presentation.
Below is everything you need to know about the Super Bowl in 2021, the 55th iteration of what has grown into America’s biggest sporting event.
When is Super Bowl 2021?
- Date: Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021
- Kickoff time: 6:30 p.m. (unofficial)
- TV channel: CBS
- Live stream: CBS All Access | fuboTV | DAZN (in Canada)
The Super Bowl has never been played later on the calendar than Feb. 7, with Super Bowl 50 (Panthers vs. Broncos) and Super Bowl 44 (Saints vs. Colts) also played on that date. It comes, as it often does, after a scheduled off week following the conference championship games. The Pro Bowl is played during that off week.
The 2021 Super Bowl was originally slated to be broadcast by NBC as part of its rotation with CBS and Fox that was agreed upon in 2006. But to package the Super Bowl with the 2022 Winter Olympics, NBC switched places with CBS, allowing CBS to broadcast Super Bowl 55.
CBS has broadcast the Super Bowl more than any other network, as this will be the 21st edition of the game shown on CBS. The network will surely have its top broadcast crew on the game, which means Jim Nantz providing play-by-play details while Tony Romo adds color commentary.
Every Super Bowl since 2003 has taken place during the first week of February. From 1967-2003, all but one Super Bowl took place in January.
Where is Super Bowl 2021?
- City: Tampa, Florida
- Stadium: Raymond James Stadium
The 2021 Super Bowl is taking place at the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but don’t call the city itself Tampa Bay — that’s just a construct used by professional sports teams. Raymond James Stadium is located in Tampa, Florida, the third time a Super Bowl is taking place at that stadium and the fifth overall time in Tampa.
The game was originally slated to take place in Los Angeles, but some construction delays meant that the NFL owners voted in May 2017 to move Super Bowl 55 to Tampa and instead give L.A. Super Bowl 56.
The NFL rarely awards Super Bowls to anything considered out-of-date, so it’s only natural that Raymond James Stadium recently underwent renovations that include an advanced HD video system, with two large video boards (one at each end of the stadium) and four HD tower walls, ranking it as the third-largest video board system in the NFL.
Raymond James Stadium holds 65,000 people and can be expanded to hold 75,000, although in 2020, the Buccaneers haven’t hosted even 20,000 fans at a game yet due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Tampa Bay area has enjoyed great success over the years hosting Super Bowls and we look forward to working with our local leaders in the coming months to meet the requirements for hosting Super Bowl LV in 2021,” Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a release. “Today’s announcement offers us the opportunity to showcase Tampa Bay’s unique ability to come together as a host for world-class events.”
Super Bowl 18 (Raiders 38, Washington 9) was the first iteration of the game to take place in Tampa at the old Tampa Stadium, which also hosted Super Bowl 25 (Giants 20, Bills 19). The game came back to Raymond James Stadium for Super Bowl 35 (Ravens 34, Giants 7) and Super Bowl 43 (Steelers 27, Cardinals 23).
Super Bowl 2021 odds
Some of the preseason odds for Super Bowl 55 look right on point, and others not so much as the 2020 NFL regular season is now complete. The Chiefs were tied as the favorites, which makes sense after they won Super Bowl 54, but their opponent in that game, the 49ers, missed the playoffs.
Below are the odds to win Super Bowl 55, via FanDuel Sportsbook, updated at the start of the playoffs.
Future Super Bowl locations, host sites
There’s a bit of added intrigue to the list of future Super Bowl hosts thanks to the NFL’s recent decision to move the next Super Bowl that New Orleans hosts back to 2025. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome was slated to host the 2024 event, but a conflict with Mardi Gras combined with the NFL’s 17-game regular season made that change necessary.
According to CNBC, the NFL will decide on the 2024 host during the next year. It’ll look for what it does with all its hosts — the latest amenities and renovations, prime location for fans and the head honchos, along with pretty much always choosing a warm-weather spot (or if needed, a dome).
Below are the sites the NFL has pinned as future Super Bowl locations.
|Year||Super Bowl host site|
|2021||Tampa, Raymond James Stadium, Super Bowl 55|
|2022||Los Angeles, Los Angeles Stadium, Super Bowl 56|
|2023||Glendale, State Farm Stadium, Super Bowl 57|
|2025||New Orleans, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Super Bowl 58|
Super Bowl halftime show 2021
The Weeknd will be performing at halftime at Super Bowl 55, and yes that’s spelled correctly.
Abel Makkonen Tesfaye is a Canadian singer-songwriter known as The Weeknd. He’ll be following up a Super Bowl 54 halftime show that featured Shakira and Jennifer Lopez. The Weeknd is a three-time Grammy winner with a wide array of songs to choose from that hit a number of genres, from upbeat pop songs to mellower R&B tunes.
The Weeknd’s three Grammy wins are:
- Best Urban Contemporary Album: Beauty Behind The Madness (2016)
- Best R&B Performance: Earned It (2016)
- Best Urban Contemporary Album: Starboy (2018)
Sporting News’ Joe Rivera broke down the ideal setlist for The Weeknd when the news was announced. Here’s a look at the songs The Weeknd should perform.
Super Bowl national anthem singer 2021
The NFL announced on Jan. 19 that the national anthem singers at Super Bowl 55 will be Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan. Church is a highly acclaimed country artist, while Sullivan has been a fixture of R&B charts as a top-notch vocalist.
As part of the pregame festivities, there’ll also be a rendition of America the Beautiful. That’ll be sung by H.E.R., another R&B artist who’s received 13 Grammy nominations over the past three years.
Super Bowl 2021 tickets
If you’re hoping to go to Super Bowl 55, know that it’s not cheap. The COVID-19 pandemic could also change how many fans are allowed in the stadium, but the NFL right now is proceeding in its ticket sales like it’s any other year.
The league’s official Super Bowl ticket site offers four packages, starting at $6750. Those packages are as follows:
- Touchdown club ($6,750) — includes ticket, all-inclusive pregame hospitality, NFL alumni experience, upper-level seats
- 55 Live ($8,000) — includes ticket, all-inclusive pregame hospitality, NFL alumni experience, end-zone seats
- Champions ($10,000) — includes ticket, all-inclusive pregame hospitality, NFL alumni experience, premium sideline seats
- On the fifty (Price not listed) — includes ticket, increased stadium access (postgame on the field potentially), top sideline seats
A few years ago, Sporting News looked into how the Average Joe can afford to attend the Super Bowl. The easy answer, we found: It depends.
Super Bowl winners by year
|Feb. 2, 2020||LIV (54)||Kansas City Chiefs||31||San Francisco 49ers||20||Patrick Mahomes||Hard Rock Stadium||Miami Gardens||Florida|
|Feb 3, 2019||LIII (53)||New England Patriots||13||Los Angeles Rams||3||Julian Edelman||Mercedez-Benz Stadium||Atlanta||Georgia|
|Feb 4, 2018||LII (52)||Philadelphia Eagles||41||New England Patriots||33||Nick Foles||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minneapolis||Minnesota|
|Feb 5, 2017||LI (51)||New England Patriots||34||Atlanta Falcons||28||Tom Brady||NRG Stadium||Houston||Texas|
|Feb 7, 2016||50||Denver Broncos||24||Carolina Panthers||10||Von Miller||Levi’s Stadium||Santa Clara||California|
|Feb 1, 2015||XLIX (49)||New England Patriots||28||Seattle Seahawks||24||Tom Brady||University of Phoenix Stadium||Glendale||Arizona|
|Feb 2, 2014||XLVIII (48)||Seattle Seahawks||43||Denver Broncos||8||Malcolm Smith||MetLife Stadium||East Rutherford||New Jersey|
|Feb 3, 2013||XLVII (47)||Baltimore Ravens||34||San Francisco 49ers||31||Joe Flacco||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||New Orleans||Louisiana|
|Feb 5, 2012||XLVI (46)||New York Giants||21||New England Patriots||17||Eli Manning||Lucas Oil Stadium||Indianapolis||Indiana|
|Feb 6, 2011||XLV (45)||Green Bay Packers||31||Pittsburgh Steelers||25||Aaron Rodgers||Cowboys Stadium||Arlington||Texas|
|Feb 7, 2010||XLIV (44)||New Orleans Saints||31||Indianapolis Colts||17||Drew Brees||Sun Life Stadium||Miami Gardens||Florida|
|Feb 1, 2009||XLIII (43)||Pittsburgh Steelers||27||Arizona Cardinals||23||Santonio Holmes||Raymond James Stadium||Tampa||Florida|
|Feb 3, 2008||XLII (42)||New York Giants||17||New England Patriots||14||Eli Manning||University of Phoenix Stadium||Glendale||Arizona|
|Feb 4, 2007||XLI (41)||Indianapolis Colts||29||Chicago Bears||17||Peyton Manning||Dolphin Stadium||Miami Gardens||Florida|
|Feb 5, 2006||XL (40)||Pittsburgh Steelers||21||Seattle Seahawks||10||Hines Ward||Ford Field||Detroit||Michigan|
|Feb 6, 2005||XXXIX (39)||New England Patriots||24||Philadelphia Eagles||21||Deion Branch||Alltel Stadium||Jacksonville||Florida|
|Feb 1, 2004||XXXVIII (38)||New England Patriots||32||Carolina Panthers||29||Tom Brady||Reliant Stadium||Houston||Texas|
|Jan 26, 2003||XXXVII (37)||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||48||Oakland Raiders||21||Dexter Jackson||Qualcomm Stadium||San Diego||California|
|Feb 3, 2002||XXXVI (36)||New England Patriots||20||St. Louis Rams||17||Tom Brady||Louisiana Superdome||New Orleans||Louisiana|
|Jan 28, 2001||XXXV (35)||Baltimore Ravens||34||New York Giants||7||Ray Lewis||Raymond James Stadium||Tampa||Florida|
|Jan 30, 2000||XXXIV (34)||St. Louis Rams||23||Tennessee Titans||16||Kurt Warner||Georgia Dome||Atlanta||Georgia|
|Jan 31, 1999||XXXIII (33)||Denver Broncos||34||Atlanta Falcons||19||John Elway||Pro Player Stadium||Miami Gardens||Florida|
|Jan 25, 1998||XXXII (32)||Denver Broncos||31||Green Bay Packers||24||Terrell Davis||Qualcomm Stadium||San Diego||California|
|Jan 26, 1997||XXXI (31)||Green Bay Packers||35||New England Patriots||21||Desmond Howard||Louisiana Superdome||New Orleans||Louisiana|
|Jan 28, 1996||XXX (30)||Dallas Cowboys||27||Pittsburgh Steelers||17||Larry Brown||Sun Devil Stadium||Tempe||Arizona|
|Jan 29, 1995||XXIX (29)||San Francisco 49ers||49||San Diego Chargers||26||Steve Young||Joe Robbie Stadium||Miami Gardens||Florida|
|Jan 30, 1994||XXVIII (28)||Dallas Cowboys||30||Buffalo Bills||13||Emmitt Smith||Georgia Dome||Atlanta||Georgia|
|Jan 31, 1993||XXVII (27)||Dallas Cowboys||52||Buffalo Bills||17||Troy Aikman||Rose Bowl||Pasadena||California|
|Jan 26, 1992||XXVI (26)||Washington Redskins||37||Buffalo Bills||24||Mark Rypien||Metrodome||Minneapolis||Minnesota|
|Jan 27, 1991||XXV (25)||New York Giants||20||Buffalo Bills||19||Ottis Anderson||Tampa Stadium||Tampa||Florida|
|Jan 28, 1990||XXIV (24)||San Francisco 49ers||55||Denver Broncos||10||Joe Montana||Louisiana Superdome||New Orleans||Louisiana|
|Jan 22, 1989||XXIII (23)||San Francisco 49ers||20||Cincinnati Bengals||16||Jerry Rice||Joe Robbie Stadium||Miami Gardens||Florida|
|Jan 31, 1988||XXII (22)||Washington Redskins||42||Denver Broncos||10||Doug Williams||Jack Murphy Stadium||San Diego||California|
|Jan 25, 1987||XXI (21)||New York Giants||39||Denver Broncos||20||Phil Simms||Rose Bowl||Pasadena||California|
|Jan 26, 1986||XX (20)||Chicago Bears||46||New England Patriots||10||Richard Dent||Louisiana Superdome||New Orleans||Louisiana|
|Jan 20, 1985||XIX (19)||San Francisco 49ers||38||Miami Dolphins||16||Joe Montana||Stanford Stadium||Palo Alto||California|
|Jan 22, 1984||XVIII (18)||Los Angeles Raiders||38||Washington Redskins||9||Marcus Allen||Tampa Stadium||Tampa||Florida|
|Jan 30, 1983||XVII (17)||Washington Redskins||27||Miami Dolphins||17||John Riggins||Rose Bowl||Pasadena||California|
|Jan 24, 1982||XVI (16)||San Francisco 49ers||26||Cincinnati Bengals||21||Joe Montana||Pontiac Silverdome||Pontiac||Michigan|
|Jan 25, 1981||XV (15)||Oakland Raiders||27||Philadelphia Eagles||10||Jim Plunkett||Louisiana Superdome||New Orleans||Louisiana|
|Jan 20, 1980||XIV (14)||Pittsburgh Steelers||31||Los Angeles Rams||19||Terry Bradshaw||Rose Bowl||Pasadena||California|
|Jan 21, 1979||XIII (13)||Pittsburgh Steelers||35||Dallas Cowboys||31||Terry Bradshaw||Orange Bowl||Miami||Florida|
|Jan 15, 1978||XII (12)||Dallas Cowboys||27||Denver Broncos||10||Harvey Martin, Randy White||Superdome||New Orleans||Louisiana|
|Jan 9, 1977||XI (11)||Oakland Raiders||32||Minnesota Vikings||14||Fred Biletnikoff||Rose Bowl||Pasadena||California|
|Jan 18, 1976||X (10)||Pittsburgh Steelers||21||Dallas Cowboys||17||Lynn Swann||Orange Bowl||Miami||Florida|
|Jan 12, 1975||IX (9)||Pittsburgh Steelers||16||Minnesota Vikings||6||Franco Harris||Tulane Stadium||New Orleans||Louisiana|
|Jan 13, 1974||VIII (8)||Miami Dolphins||24||Minnesota Vikings||7||Larry Csonka||Rice Stadium||Houston||Texas|
|Jan 14, 1973||VII (7)||Miami Dolphins||14||Washington Redskins||7||Jake Scott||Memorial Coliseum||Los Angeles||California|
|Jan 16, 1972||VI (6)||Dallas Cowboys||24||Miami Dolphins||3||Roger Staubach||Tulane Stadium||New Orleans||Louisiana|
|Jan 17, 1971||V (5)||Baltimore Colts||16||Dallas Cowboys||13||Chuck Howley||Orange Bowl||Miami||Florida|
|Jan 11, 1970||IV (4)||Kansas City Chiefs||23||Minnesota Vikings||7||Len Dawson||Tulane Stadium||New Orleans||Louisiana|
|Jan 12, 1969||III (3)||New York Jets||16||Baltimore Colts||7||Joe Namath||Orange Bowl||Miami||Florida|
|Jan 14, 1968||II (2)||Green Bay Packers||33||Oakland Raiders||14||Bart Starr||Orange Bowl||Miami||Florida|
|Jan 15, 1967||I (1)||Green Bay Packers||35||Kansas City Chiefs||10||Bart Starr||Memorial Coliseum||Los Angeles||California|