Inglewood could be the L.A.-market city in the running to host Super Bowl LIV in 2020 if there is at least one NFL team playing here by then.
The league heard from team owners backing stadium proposals in Inglewood and Carson on Wednesday during annual meetings in San Francisco.
As it stands now, the next three Super Bowls will be played in Santa Clara (2016), Houston (2017) and Minneapolis (2018). The 2019 host city will be chosen among Atlanta, New Orleans, Tampa and South Florida for Super Bowl LIII. The three cities that are not chosen “will be candidates for the next year, along with L.A., provided a relocation is approved – as opposed to a team unilaterally moving to the nation’s second-largest market without league approval – and at least one team has begun playing in a new L.A.-area stadium by 2018,” according to the L.A. Times.
Inglewood Mayor James Butts told the audience at his State of the City Address last month that football will be played in his city by 2018. Ground is expected to be broken at the stadium site near Hollywood Park in December.
At this point, the NFL has yet to approve relocation of any team to play in L.A. The St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders are being wooed by stadium development deals in Inglewood and Carson. Contracts with the teams’ current home stadiums will expire at the end of the 2015-16 Season.
Inglewood is looking good, with private financing in place, overwhelming voter approval, and stadium land already purchased by Rams owner Stan Kroenke. It is showing the most potential of meeting the league’s Super Bowl requirements.
The league will decide next year the city that will host Super Bowl LIV. Meanwhile, franchises in St. Louis, San Diego and Oakland are scrambling to secure new stadium deals to keep their home teams from leaving. Voters in Carson approved a stadium that would host both the Chargers and Raiders by 2018.
Seven Super Bowls have been played in the L.A. area. Five games were at the Rose Bowl, and two were at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.