CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Rams have returned to Los Angeles, and now the Super Bowl is coming back, too.
NFL owners approved a measure Tuesday to stage the Super Bowl in Los Angeles in 2021, the first time it will be played there since 1993, when the Cowboys beat the Bills, 52-17.
“For us, I think there was always the vision that there would be Super Bowls in Southern California,” said Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who received approval in January to move from St. Louis. The Rams last played in Los Angeles in 1994.
“The weather’s wonderful, and it’s the No. 1 tourist destination in America. It was always part of our plan, and (NFL owners) wanted us to design (a stadium) that could host Super Bowls, and that was our intention. It’s an exciting time.”
Owners also approved Super Bowls for Atlanta, where a stadium is under construction, in 2019 and Florida in 2020. The Dolphins have upgraded Sun Life Stadium in part to lure the Super Bowl for the first time since Super Bowl XLI in 2007, when Peyton Manning won his first championship with the Colts.
“It’s a reflection of Los Angeles being the entertainment capital of the world, and the reflection of the passion of the fans since we made the decision to return the Rams to Los Angeles,” commissioner Roger Goodell said. “We’re all interested in coming back with a great deal of enthusiasm.”
Atlanta will host its third Super Bowl at a $1.4-billion stadium set to open in 2017. The others were at the Georgia Dome. Atlanta last hosted a Super Bowl in 2000, when an ice storm wreaked havoc on a city ill equipped to deal with such inclement weather.
“We feel like downtown Atlanta is very unique and the stadium is unique,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said.
Miami will host its record-setting 11th Super Bowl in a newly renovated stadium, which cost $450 million. “The only thing that could be better is if we were playing in the game and winning it,” Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said.
Former Dolphins running back Larry Csonka, a member of the unbeaten 1972 team who served as an ambassador for the Miami bid, was thrilled at the prospect of hosting another Super Bowl.
“The facts are indisputable,” he said. “We have had 10 Super Bowls and they have been successful.”
Sites for the next five Super Bowls:
LI (2017) Houston
LII (2018) Minnesota
LIII (2019) Atlanta
LIV (2020) South Florida
LV (2021) Los Angeles