With the road to Super Bowl 55 in Tampa, Florida officially here, we are approaching the beginning of the new 2020-21 league year. But before the free agent frenzy and NFL draft, we are looking back at the history of Tampa as a Super Bowl host.
The city of Tampa is hosting its fifth Super Bowl in 2021, with the most recent having being Super Bowl XLIII in 2009 between the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers.
The home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Raymond James Stadium will play host to it’s third Super Bowl in 2021 with Super Bowl 55. Opened in 2018, the stadium has also hosted an impressive resume of events — including the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship.
Prior to Super Bowl 55 in 2021, Raymond James Stadium has hosted two prior Super Bowls, and the city of Tampa has hosted four others overall.
Super Bowl XVIII was played on January 22, 1984 at Tampa Stadium between the Washington Redskins and Los Angeles Raiders. The Raiders would go on to win handily, by a score of 38-9.
In 1991, Super Bowl XXV returned to Tampa Stadium. A showdown between the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants, running back Ottis Anderson would capture MVP honors as the Giants would win by just one point — 20-19.
Super Bowl XXXV, played in 2001, was Raymond James Stadium’s first Super Bowl hosted. The Baltimore Ravens would capture their first Super Bowl title, manhandling the New York Giants and winning by a score of 34-7.
Finally, an instant classic, Super Bowl XLIII was the second to be played at Raymond James Stadium. The Pittsburgh Steelers would walk away Super Bowl champions thanks to a late toe-tapping touchdown by Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes.
Super Bowl LV, which will be played on Sunday, February 7th, 2021, will be the fifth Super Bowl hosted in Tampa, and the third played at Raymond James Stadium.