Los Angeles, which will reintroduce itself to the NFL this season following the relocation of the Rams, joined Atlanta and South Florida in being awarded future Super Bowls during Tuesday's NFL spring meeting.
Los Angeles will host Super Bowl LV in 2021, the final of three bids awarded during the meeting. Atlanta earned the bid for Super Bowl LIII in 2019, and South Florida received the bid for Super Bowl LIV in 2020.
The last time the Super Bowl was held in the Los Angeles area was Jan. 31, 1993, when the Dallas Cowboys defeated theBuffalo Bills 52-17 in Super Bowl XXVII at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The city last hosted an NFL team in 1994 -- the Raiders' last season before returning to Oakland.
Although Los Angeles was in the running for both the '20 and '21 games, the latter made the most sense from a logistical standpoint. The new Inglewood stadium, estimated to cost $2.6 billion, is scheduled to open in 2019.
Los Angeles essentially had just Tampa Bay to contend with for the final bid, considering Atlanta and South Florida won the first two bids. Atlanta beat New Orleans on the fourth ballot for the 2019 game, and South Florida defeated Tampa Bay for voting on the 2020 game after L.A. pulled itself out of consideration.
Most people anticipated Atlanta was the front-runner for the 2019 game all along. The league often rewards cities with newly constructed venues. Atlanta is in the process of building the $1.4 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which is set to open next summer. Falcons president Rich McKay said there are no lingering concerns about the possibility of a winter storm affecting the city's ability to host the Super Bowl.