As we approach Super Bowl LIV and the ending of the NFL‘s 100th anniversary, it’s more than worth taking a look back on which cities have hosted the Big Game the most.
NFL has been very selective when it comes to Super Bowl locations and venues. That mostly stems from the 1967 NFL Championship Game, between the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field, also known as “Ice Bowl”, or simply the coldest game in NFL history.
No rules are officially in place but, since the Super Bowl is contested at the beginning of February, outdoor stadiums in cold cities are out of the equation. The notable exception came in Super Bowl XLVIII, which has held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
So, without further ado, these are the five cities which have been a Super Bowl host the most times:
Hosted 10 Super Bowls: 1968, 1969, 1971, 1976, 1979, 1989, 1995, 1999, 2007, 2010
The lights of Florida have always been too bright for one of the biggest sporting events to not make a breakthrough. Miami first hosted the second edition of the NFL-AFL World Championship Game in 1968, a Green Bay 33-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders.
A total of ten Super Bowl clashes have been held in the market, including 5 at the Orange Bowl and 4 more at the venue now known as Hard Rock Stadium. The 2019 season will conclude with Super Bowl No. 11 in the Miami area.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Hosted 10 Super Bowls: 1970, 1972, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1986, 1990, 1997, 2002, 2013
Just like Miami, New Orleans has hosted 10 Super Bowl at two different stadiums and has an eleventh one scheduled for 2024.
Super Bowls in 1970, 1972 and 1975 were held at Tulane Stadium, home of the University of Tulane Green Wave. In 1975 the Louisiana Superdome, located in the Central Business District in NOLA and known as Mercedes-Benz Superdome post-2011, became the new home of the Saints. That was followed by the first Super Bowl at the dome between the Cowboys and the Broncos in 1978.
The last Big Game held in New Orleans was the 2013 Baltimore Ravens victory over the San Francisco 49ers. One of the notable things from the 34-31 Ravens win was a blackout that delayed the game – so much for a good impression.
Los Angeles, California
Hosted 7 Super Bowls: 1967, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1987, 1993
The monumental LA Memorial Coliseum was where it all began. Los Angeles was the site for Green Bay’s 35-10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in what was then known as the first World Championship game, or simply Super Bowl I.
The Los Angeles area would have to wait only another four years to host another edition of the Big Game. The next five times Southern California saw a Super Bowl clash it was at the Rose Bowl, located in Pasadena, 17 miles northeast of Downtown LA. That was despite the fact that no NFL team ever called it its home.
Super Bowl XXVII, marked by the Bills’ third of four consecutive championship losses and Michael Jackson‘s halftime performance, called by some the best in Super Bowl history, was the last time the Big Game was held in the Greater Los Angeles Area. It saw an attendance of 98,374 – a record that is still holding strong to this day.
The 55th edition of the Super Bowl, scheduled for February 2022, will be held at SoFi Stadium, which opens as a home venue for the Rams and the Chargers at the start of the 2020 season.
Hosted 4 Super Bowls: 1984, 1991, 2001, 2009
Tampa Stadium became the second venue in the state of Florida to host a Super Bowl in 1984, a 38-9 Raiders win over the favoured Redskins.
In 1999, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would start playing at their current home at Raymond James Stadium, which then saw two more editions of the Super Bowl be held there, including the most recent one, a thriller between the Steelers and the Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII in 2009.
Hosted 3 Super Bowls: 1996, 2008, 2015
A Super Bowl was held in Arizona for the first time in 1996 when the Cowboys won their fifth Super Bowl title, defeating the Steelers 27-17 in Pittsburgh’s first loss on that stage. The arena was Sun Devil Stadium, home of Arizona State in Tempe, Arizona. From 1988 to 2005, the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals also played home games there, with the organisation’s headquarters still in Tempe.
In 2006, the Cardinals opened a modern facility in Glendale called the University of Phoenix Stadium, State Farm Stadium after the 2018 season. No other venue has been as consistent in getting historically great Super Bowls – one of those was the Giants’ 17-14 upset over the Patriot and the famous “Helmet Catch” by David Tyree. The other – a Patriots win over the Seahawks, sealed by the Seattle’s decision to throw on the one-yard line and Malcolm Butler‘s interception.