The NFL’s showcase event returns to the Sunshine State in 2021, as Super Bowl 55 is set for Tampa Bay.
A year after Miami played host to the annual spectacle, Raymond James Stadium in Tampa takes over as the NFL remains in the warmer weather of Florida for its championship game.
With Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski trading in Patriot blue for Buccaneer red, the hopes on the Gulf Coast are that Tampa Bay can become the first team to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium, although the preseason odds are not on the Bucs’ side.
Here’s what you need to know about the Super Bowl in 2021, the 55th edition of the biggest annual sporting event in the United States.
WHEN IS SUPER BOWL 55?
- Date: Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021
- Kickoff time: TBD
- Live stream: DAZN
For the third time in history, the Super Bowl will be played on Feb. 7. It’s the latest the NFL’s big game has been scheduled, and the 2021 installment joins Super Bowl 50 (Panthers vs. Broncos) and Super Bowl 44 (Saints vs. Colts) as those that were played on that date.
In Canada, the game will be live streamed on DAZN, which has access to NFL Game Pass, with every regular-season and playoff game available live and on demand.
WHERE IS SUPER BOWL 55?
- City: Tampa, Fla.
- Stadium: Raymond James Stadium
Tampa wasn’t supposed to host this edition of the Super Bowl — Raymond James Stadium was voted on by NFL owners as an alternative to LA’s new SoFi Stadium, which was originally selected but will instead host Super Bowl 56.
In looking for a relatively last-minute replacement, the league turned to an old reliable city as Tampa has hosted four previous Super Bowls. This edition will be the third to be played at Raymond James Stadium, following Super Bowls 35 (2000) and 43 (2008).
The 65,618-seat stadium can be expanded to 75,000. It opened in 1998 and underwent a $100 million renovation that was completed in 2018.
According to the Raymond James Stadium website, the renovated venue has “the most advanced HD video system in use today.” With 31,000 square feet of video display space (two 9,600 square-foot boards at the north and south end of the stadium, plus 2,300 square-foot tower walls), it ranks as the third largest video board system in the NFL.
The sound system has over 400 speakers throughout the stadium, providing 750,000 watts of power.
SUPER BOWL 55 ODDS
Unsurprisingly, the reigning champions are the favourites to repeat, as the Chiefs top the Super Bowl 55 odds chart.