L.A. Super Bowl Pushed Back a Year to 2022 Because of Construction Delays

Los Angeles was awarded the 2021 Super Bowl last May after the Rams had been approved to relocate from St. Louis to Los Angeles in early 2016.

📅   Wed May 24, 2017 - West Edition
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Photo: Chuck Bennett, The Daily Breeze/SCNG)
Photo: Chuck Bennett, The Daily Breeze/SCNG)

The delay of the opening of the Rams and Chargers new Inglewood stadium will also delay the Super Bowl's return to Los Angeles.

NFL owners on Tuesday voted to move L.A.'s Super Bowl hosting duties from 2021 to 2022. Los Angeles was awarded the 2021 Super Bowl last May after the Rams had been approved to relocate from St. Louis to Los Angeles in early 2016.

Los Angeles was awarded the 2021 Super Bowl last May after the Rams had been approved to relocate from St. Louis to Los Angeles in early 2016, with the projected opening of their $2.6 billion, 70,000 stadium opening in 2019.

But after construction was delayed by nearly 60 days due to heavy rainstorms in the area from November to February, that opening was pushed back to 2020.

By league rules, a stadium must be up and running at least two regular seasons to be eligible to host the Super Bowl. The Rams could have requested a waiver to override the two-year rule. But when owners gathered in Chicago for their annual spring meeting, pushing the Super Bowl back by a year soon became the likely approach, with Tampa Bay emerging as the replacement in 2020.

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