In a few years, the 55th American football championship, also known as the Super Bowl, will be played. While some Super Bowl fans are fervently identifying their ideal fantasy league for 2024, we’re more curious about the locations of Super Bowls past, present, and future.
We’ll take a look at some popular Super Bowl locations (some stadiums have hosted the Super Bowl over five times!), along with the highest-attended Super Bowls in history. Plus, we’ll note the locations of future Super Bowls and the three states that make up over 70% of Super Bowl locations.
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The map is based on this list of Super Bowl champions and their locations. You can sort the map by the most popular venues or by Super Bowl attendance and then keep on reading for more Super Bowl location trends. Let’s kick-off!
Several stadiums have hosted the Super Bowl on more than one occasion. For example, New Orleans’ Superdome has welcomed NFL fans six times. The first Super Bowl located at the Superdome was the 1978 Super Bowl XII. Most recently, though, the 2002 Super Bowl XXXVI was held there.
The Rose Bowl, located in Pasadena, California, has also hosted the Super Bowl multiple times, the first taking place in 1977. In total, the Rose Bowl has hosted the Super Bowl five times, most recently in 1993. Perhaps we’ll see the sixth soon. Like the Rose Bowl, the Miami Orange Bowl has also hosted the Super Bowl five times, all of which occurred between 1968-1979. The following venues have also hosted the Super Bowl at least twice:
- Tulane Stadium (New Orleans)
- Raymond James Stadium (Tampa)
- University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale)
- Tampa Stadium (Tampa)
- Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego)
- Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans)
- Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (L.A.)
- Joe Robbie Stadium (Miami Gardens)
- Georgia Dome (Atlanta)
Cities selected to host Super Bowls need to have moderate weather in February — or at least stadiums covered by a dome so that the players (and fans) don’t freeze. But we’re sure more than 10 states fit the bill. Yes, only 34 different stadiums across 10 U.S. states have hosted the Super Bowl.
The majority of the Super Bowls (41 out of 58, or over 70%) were located in either Florida, California, or Louisiana. The entire extended midwest and much of the northern U.S. has been passed over for a chance at hosting. This may coincide with strict weather stipulations, but it may not. Check out our map of extreme temperatures if you’re curious.
Perhaps just 34 stadiums across 10 states have hosted the Super Bowl due to the states’ extreme NFL fan dedication. For example, California has hosted the Super Bowl 13 times, and maybe rightfully so. Super Bowls held in stadiums throughout Californa are some of the most-attended in NFL history.
The #1 highest-attended Super Bowl ever was Super Bowl XIV held at the Rose Bowl in 1980. About 103,985 American football fans packed themselves into the Rose Bowl to see the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Los Angeles Rams. The second highest-attended Super Bowl (103,667 fans attended) was Super Bowl XVII, also held at the Rose Bowl in 1983. Any guesses where the third highest-attended Super Bowl was located? The Rose Bowl in 1977. What is it about Pasadena, Califonia or its stadium that draws the largest Super Bowl crowds? Perhaps it’s the large stadium capacity. As it happens, the Rose Bowl is the 15th largest stadium in the world with a capacity: 90,888. Note the other large stadiums on this map.
2011’s Super Bowl XLV broke the Rose Bowl’s trend when the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, saw 103,219 fans in attendance. It was the fourth best-attended Super Bowl. As for the fifth and sixth most well-attended? Super Bowls XXI and XXVII were both once again located at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Notably, the seventh and eighth best-attended Super Bowls also took place in California, but not at the Rose Bowl. Super Bowls VII and XIX were held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the Stanford Stadium, respectively.
Since the Super Bowl’s location is chosen three to four years ahead of time, we already know the locations of Super Bowls LIV-LVIII.
|Super Bowl Game||Date & Season||Venue||City||State||Attendance||Winning team||Losing team||Score|
|LIV||February 2, 2020 2019||Hard Rock Stadium||Miami Gardens||Florida||TBD||2019–20 NFC champion||To be determined||—|
|LV||February 7, 2021 2020||Raymond James Stadium||Tampa||Florida||TBD||2020–21 AFC champion||To be determined||—|
|LVI||February 6, 2022 2021||SoFi Stadium||Inglewood||California||TBD||2021–22 NFC champion||To be determined||—|
|LVII||February 5, 2023 2022||State Farm Stadium||Glendale||Arizona||TBD||2022–23 AFC champion||To be determined||—|
|LVIII||February 4, 2024 2023||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||New Orleans||Louisiana||TBD||2023–24 NFC champion||To be determined||—|
Super Bowl LIV will be Hard Rock Stadium’s first, although it won’t be the first for the city of Miami Gardens. The city’s Joe Robbie Stadium has hosted two previous Super Bowls while Miami Gardens’ Dolphin Stadium, Pro Player Stadium, and Sun Life Stadium have hosted one Super Bowl each. Super Bowl LV will be the third hosted at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, but it will be the fifth for the city itself. The other two Super Bowls located in Tampa were played at the Tampa Stadium.
The SoFi Stadium and its city of Inglewood will have its first chance at hosting a Super Bowl in 2022, and it will also be the State Farm Stadium’s first Super Bowl the following year. However, it won’t be the first for the city of Glendale. 2024 will see the Mercedes-Benz Superdome’s second Super Bowl. However, New Orleans, where the Superdome is located, is not inexperienced in hosting Super Bowls. Six Super Bowls have been held at the city’s other Superdome, the Louisiana Superdome, along with the three Super Bowls held at the Tulane Stadium.
Hopefully, the Super Bowl can expand it’s location preferences so that more football fans can watch a live game. What team would you love to see live? Pick from the Super Bowl winners and losers.