NFL to play 2021 Super Bowl in new Los Angeles stadium

Tue May 24, 2016 5:59pm EDT
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(Reuters) - The NFL will stage the 2021 Super Bowl in Los Angeles, raising its profile in the country's second-largest media market after making a celebrated return to the city with the relocation of the Rams franchise to the West Coast starting next season.

The National Football League also announced the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls would be played in Atlanta and South Florida, respectively, returning to those areas for its championship game, one of the most-watched television events of the year.

Atlanta hosted the game in 1994 and 2000, while Miami has had it 10 times.

The Super Bowl's move back to Los Angeles will also give the 'City of Angels' a welcome boost as it bids to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

"We are honored that the NFL is bringing the Super Bowl to Los Angeles in 2021," Casey Wasserman, who is chair of both the Los Angeles Super Bowl bid and LA24, said in a statement.

"The league's selection of Los Angeles is a testament to its commitment to innovation and diversity, and I couldn't be prouder of our winning bid.

"Stan Kroenke's vision for the Rams stadium and the surrounding campus makes Inglewood an ideal venue for staging the Super Bowl of the future and we look forward to inviting the nation and the world to L.A. for an historic fan experience."

The Los Angeles area has hosted the Super Bowl seven times, including the first game at the Memorial Coliseum in 1967. The 2021 edition, which will be the 55th Super Bowl, will be held in the $2.6 billion stadium being built by Rams owner Kroenke.