Tampa hasn’t hosted a Super Bowl since the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals in 2009, but according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Tampa will get its chance again soon.
“I think they’ll get another Super Bowl, without a doubt,” Goodell said during a recent trip to Florida. “I just think there’s been a tremendous amount of construction of new facilities, which has led to more competitiveness for the Super Bowl. It’s a great event to have in your community, so I think what you’re seeing is that more and more communities are interested in the Super Bowl. That’s what it is. It’s not a reflection on this community or Miami or any other community. It’s just a competitive event.”
Goodell said that Raymond James Stadium is a highly qualified venue and that its seating capacity is not an issue.
“It’s a great facility,” he said. “I’m sure the franchise is always looking to see what they can do to make sure they maintain it and keep it a state-of-the-art facility … they’re getting a lot of use out of it and it’s a great facility … I’m convinced that there will be another Super Bowl here in Tampa. It’s just a question of when.”
Goodell concluded by saying, “For me, we will clearly be back here for another Super Bowl.”
Tampa is often viewed as a prime destination for a Super Bowl due to its weather and that RJS is a very good stadium to host the biggest event of the NFL calendar.
Their recent efforts to host the event have come up short but it’s not going to be long before the game is played once again at the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Aside from the Cardinals vs. Steelers game, which was Super Bowl 43, RJS also hosted Super Bowl 35 between the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants.
Tampa Stadium hosted Super Bowl 18 (Los Angeles Raiders vs. Washington Redskins) and Super Bowl 25 (New York Giants vs. Buffalo Bills).
The next Super Bowl Tampa could bid for would be #53 as all games before that have a destination, or in Super Bowl 52’s case, have three finalists, none of which are Tampa.