The NFL definitely has a thing for Florida when it comes to Super Bowls, which makes sense. Just gotta cross your fingers that the rain stays away for one night.

Super Bowl 55 will take place in Tampa, Florida, at the home of the Buccaneers, one year after Miami Gardens played host to Super Bowl 54, which was won by Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. Tom Brady, now a Buccaneer himself, will clash with the defending champions in 2021’s big game.

Tampa Bay is the first team in Super Bowl history to play in its home stadium. There will also be the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications hanging over the game.

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s to roll with the punches. It seems nearly impossible that the NFL would allow its showcase event to be canceled, so expect the league to take that approach and just plow forward. At worst, everyone can sit at home, listen to Tony Romo’s brilliant color commentary on CBS and judge Roger Goodell’s mask during the trophy presentation. 

Below is everything you need to know about the Super Bowl in 2021, the 55th iteration of what has grown into America’s biggest sporting event.

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When is Super Bowl 2021?

  • Date: Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021
  • Kickoff time: 6:30 p.m. (unofficial)
  • TV channel: CBS
  • Live stream: CBS All Access | fuboTVDAZN (in Canada)

The Super Bowl has never been played later on the calendar than Feb. 7, with Super Bowl 50 (Panthers vs. Broncos) and Super Bowl 44 (Saints vs. Colts) also played on that date. It comes, as it often does, after a scheduled off week following the conference championship games. The Pro Bowl is played during that off week.

The 2021 Super Bowl was originally slated to be broadcast by NBC as part of its rotation with CBS and Fox that was agreed upon in 2006. But to package the Super Bowl with the 2022 Winter Olympics, NBC switched places with CBS, allowing CBS to broadcast Super Bowl 55.

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CBS has broadcast the Super Bowl more than any other network, as this will be the 21st edition of the game shown on CBS. The network will surely have its top broadcast crew on the game, which means Jim Nantz providing play-by-play details while Tony Romo adds color commentary. 

In Canada, the game will be broadcast on TSN and CTV, along with being live streamed on DAZN.

Every Super Bowl since 2003 has taken place during the first week of February. From 1967-2003, all but one Super Bowl took place in January.

Where is Super Bowl 2021?

  • City: Tampa, Florida
  • Stadium: Raymond James Stadium

The 2021 Super Bowl is taking place at the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but don’t call the city itself Tampa Bay — that’s just a construct used by professional sports teams. Raymond James Stadium is located in Tampa, Florida, the third time a Super Bowl is taking place at that stadium and the fifth overall time in Tampa.

The game was originally slated to take place in Los Angeles, but some construction delays meant that the NFL owners voted in May 2017 to move Super Bowl 55 to Tampa and instead give L.A. Super Bowl 56. 

The NFL rarely awards Super Bowls to anything considered out-of-date, so it’s only natural that Raymond James Stadium recently underwent renovations that include an advanced HD video system, with two large video boards (one at each end of the stadium) and four HD tower walls, ranking it as the third-largest video board system in the NFL.

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Raymond James Stadium holds 65,000 people and can be expanded to hold 75,000, although in 2020, the Buccaneers haven’t hosted even 20,000 fans at a game yet due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“The Tampa Bay area has enjoyed great success over the years hosting Super Bowls and we look forward to working with our local leaders in the coming months to meet the requirements for hosting Super Bowl LV in 2021,” Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a release. “Today’s announcement offers us the opportunity to showcase Tampa Bay’s unique ability to come together as a host for world-class events.”

Super Bowl 18 (Raiders 38, Washington 9) was the first iteration of the game to take place in Tampa at the old Tampa Stadium, which also hosted Super Bowl 25 (Giants 20, Bills 19). The game came back to Raymond James Stadium for Super Bowl 35 (Ravens 34, Giants 7) and Super Bowl 43 (Steelers 27, Cardinals 23).

Super Bowl 2021 odds

  • Opening spread: Chiefs -3.5
  • Moneyline: Chiefs -175; Buccaneers +140
  • Over/under: 57.5

Tom Brady and the Buccaneers opened as underdogs to defeated Patrick Mahomes and the defending champion Chiefs in Super Bowl 55. Kansas City was the preseason favorite (+600) to win back-to-back Super Bowl titles, while Tampa held the fifth-best odds (+1200) after signing Brady.

Future Super Bowl locations, host sites

There’s a bit of added intrigue to the list of future Super Bowl hosts thanks to the NFL’s recent decision to move the next Super Bowl that New Orleans hosts back to 2025. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome was slated to host the 2024 event, but a conflict with Mardi Gras combined with the NFL’s 17-game regular season made that change necessary. 

According to CNBC, the NFL will decide on the 2024 host during the next year. It’ll look for what it does with all its hosts — the latest amenities and renovations, prime location for fans and the head honchos, along with pretty much always choosing a warm-weather spot (or if needed, a dome).

Below are the sites the NFL has pinned as future Super Bowl locations.

YearSuper Bowl host site
2021Tampa, Raymond James Stadium, Super Bowl 55
2022Los Angeles, Los Angeles Stadium, Super Bowl 56
2023Glendale, State Farm Stadium, Super Bowl 57
2025New Orleans, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Super Bowl 58

Super Bowl halftime show 2021

The Weeknd will be performing at halftime at Super Bowl 55, and yes that’s spelled correctly.

Abel Makkonen Tesfaye is a Canadian singer-songwriter known as The Weeknd. He’ll be following up a Super Bowl 54 halftime show that featured Shakira and Jennifer Lopez. The Weeknd is a three-time Grammy winner with  a wide array of songs to choose from that hit a number of genres, from upbeat pop songs to mellower R&B tunes.

The Weeknd’s three Grammy wins are:

  • Best Urban Contemporary Album: Beauty Behind The Madness (2016)
  • Best R&B Performance: Earned It (2016)
  • Best Urban Contemporary Album: Starboy (2018)

Sporting News’ Joe Rivera broke down the ideal setlist for The Weeknd when the news was announced. Here’s a look at the songs The Weeknd should perform

Super Bowl national anthem singer 2021

The NFL announced on Jan. 19 that the national anthem singers at Super Bowl 55 will be Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan. Church is a highly acclaimed country artist, while Sullivan has been a fixture of R&B charts as a top-notch vocalist.

As part of the pregame festivities, there’ll also be a rendition of America the Beautiful. That’ll be sung by H.E.R., another R&B artist who’s received 13 Grammy nominations over the past three years.

Super Bowl 2021 tickets

If you’re hoping to go to Super Bowl 55, know that it’s not cheap. The COVID-19 pandemic could also change how many fans are allowed in the stadium, but the NFL right now is proceeding in its ticket sales like it’s any other year.

The league’s official Super Bowl ticket site offers four packages, starting at $6750. Those packages are as follows:

  • Touchdown club ($6,750) — includes ticket, all-inclusive pregame hospitality, NFL alumni experience, upper-level seats
  • 55 Live ($8,000) — includes ticket, all-inclusive pregame hospitality, NFL alumni experience, end-zone seats
  • Champions ($10,000) — includes ticket, all-inclusive pregame hospitality, NFL alumni experience, premium sideline seats
  • On the fifty (Price not listed) — includes ticket, increased stadium access (postgame on the field potentially), top sideline seats

A few years ago, Sporting News looked into how the Average Joe can afford to attend the Super Bowl. The easy answer, we found: It depends.

Super Bowl winners by year

DateSuper BowlWinnerPointsLoserPointsMVPStadiumCityState
Feb. 2, 2020LIV (54)Kansas City Chiefs31San Francisco 49ers20Patrick MahomesHard Rock StadiumMiami GardensFlorida
Feb 3, 2019LIII (53)New England Patriots13Los Angeles Rams3Julian EdelmanMercedez-Benz StadiumAtlantaGeorgia
Feb 4, 2018LII (52)Philadelphia Eagles41New England Patriots33Nick FolesU.S. Bank StadiumMinneapolisMinnesota
Feb 5, 2017LI (51)New England Patriots34Atlanta Falcons28Tom BradyNRG StadiumHoustonTexas
Feb 7, 201650Denver Broncos24Carolina Panthers10Von MillerLevi’s StadiumSanta ClaraCalifornia
Feb 1, 2015XLIX (49)New England Patriots28Seattle Seahawks24Tom BradyUniversity of Phoenix StadiumGlendaleArizona
Feb 2, 2014XLVIII (48)Seattle Seahawks43Denver Broncos8Malcolm SmithMetLife StadiumEast RutherfordNew Jersey
Feb 3, 2013XLVII (47)Baltimore Ravens34San Francisco 49ers31Joe FlaccoMercedes-Benz SuperdomeNew OrleansLouisiana
Feb 5, 2012XLVI (46)New York Giants21New England Patriots17Eli ManningLucas Oil StadiumIndianapolisIndiana
Feb 6, 2011XLV (45)Green Bay Packers31Pittsburgh Steelers25Aaron RodgersCowboys StadiumArlingtonTexas
Feb 7, 2010XLIV (44)New Orleans Saints31Indianapolis Colts17Drew BreesSun Life StadiumMiami GardensFlorida
Feb 1, 2009XLIII (43)Pittsburgh Steelers27Arizona Cardinals23Santonio HolmesRaymond James StadiumTampaFlorida
Feb 3, 2008XLII (42)New York Giants17New England Patriots14Eli ManningUniversity of Phoenix StadiumGlendaleArizona
Feb 4, 2007XLI (41)Indianapolis Colts29Chicago Bears17Peyton ManningDolphin StadiumMiami GardensFlorida
Feb 5, 2006XL (40)Pittsburgh Steelers21Seattle Seahawks10Hines WardFord FieldDetroitMichigan
Feb 6, 2005XXXIX (39)New England Patriots24Philadelphia Eagles21Deion BranchAlltel StadiumJacksonvilleFlorida
Feb 1, 2004XXXVIII (38)New England Patriots32Carolina Panthers29Tom BradyReliant StadiumHoustonTexas
Jan 26, 2003XXXVII (37)Tampa Bay Buccaneers48Oakland Raiders21Dexter JacksonQualcomm StadiumSan DiegoCalifornia
Feb 3, 2002XXXVI (36)New England Patriots20St. Louis Rams17Tom BradyLouisiana SuperdomeNew OrleansLouisiana
Jan 28, 2001XXXV (35)Baltimore Ravens34New York Giants7Ray LewisRaymond James StadiumTampaFlorida
Jan 30, 2000XXXIV (34)St. Louis Rams23Tennessee Titans16Kurt WarnerGeorgia DomeAtlantaGeorgia
Jan 31, 1999XXXIII (33)Denver Broncos34Atlanta Falcons19John ElwayPro Player StadiumMiami GardensFlorida
Jan 25, 1998XXXII (32)Denver Broncos31Green Bay Packers24Terrell DavisQualcomm StadiumSan DiegoCalifornia
Jan 26, 1997XXXI (31)Green Bay Packers35New England Patriots21Desmond HowardLouisiana SuperdomeNew OrleansLouisiana
Jan 28, 1996XXX (30)Dallas Cowboys27Pittsburgh Steelers17Larry BrownSun Devil StadiumTempeArizona
Jan 29, 1995XXIX (29)San Francisco 49ers49San Diego Chargers26Steve YoungJoe Robbie StadiumMiami GardensFlorida
Jan 30, 1994XXVIII (28)Dallas Cowboys30Buffalo Bills13Emmitt SmithGeorgia DomeAtlantaGeorgia
Jan 31, 1993XXVII (27)Dallas Cowboys52Buffalo Bills17Troy AikmanRose BowlPasadenaCalifornia
Jan 26, 1992XXVI (26)Washington Redskins37Buffalo Bills24Mark RypienMetrodomeMinneapolisMinnesota
Jan 27, 1991XXV (25)New York Giants20Buffalo Bills19Ottis AndersonTampa StadiumTampaFlorida
Jan 28, 1990XXIV (24)San Francisco 49ers55Denver Broncos10Joe MontanaLouisiana SuperdomeNew OrleansLouisiana
Jan 22, 1989XXIII (23)San Francisco 49ers20Cincinnati Bengals16Jerry RiceJoe Robbie StadiumMiami GardensFlorida
Jan 31, 1988XXII (22)Washington Redskins42Denver Broncos10Doug WilliamsJack Murphy StadiumSan DiegoCalifornia
Jan 25, 1987XXI (21)New York Giants39Denver Broncos20Phil SimmsRose BowlPasadenaCalifornia
Jan 26, 1986XX (20)Chicago Bears46New England Patriots10Richard DentLouisiana SuperdomeNew OrleansLouisiana
Jan 20, 1985XIX (19)San Francisco 49ers38Miami Dolphins16Joe MontanaStanford StadiumPalo AltoCalifornia
Jan 22, 1984XVIII (18)Los Angeles Raiders38Washington Redskins9Marcus AllenTampa StadiumTampaFlorida
Jan 30, 1983XVII (17)Washington Redskins27Miami Dolphins17John RigginsRose BowlPasadenaCalifornia
Jan 24, 1982XVI (16)San Francisco 49ers26Cincinnati Bengals21Joe MontanaPontiac SilverdomePontiacMichigan
Jan 25, 1981XV (15)Oakland Raiders27Philadelphia Eagles10Jim PlunkettLouisiana SuperdomeNew OrleansLouisiana
Jan 20, 1980XIV (14)Pittsburgh Steelers31Los Angeles Rams19Terry BradshawRose BowlPasadenaCalifornia
Jan 21, 1979XIII (13)Pittsburgh Steelers35Dallas Cowboys31Terry BradshawOrange BowlMiamiFlorida
Jan 15, 1978XII (12)Dallas Cowboys27Denver Broncos10Harvey Martin, Randy WhiteSuperdomeNew OrleansLouisiana
Jan 9, 1977XI (11)Oakland Raiders32Minnesota Vikings14Fred BiletnikoffRose BowlPasadenaCalifornia
Jan 18, 1976X (10)Pittsburgh Steelers21Dallas Cowboys17Lynn SwannOrange BowlMiamiFlorida
Jan 12, 1975IX (9)Pittsburgh Steelers16Minnesota Vikings6Franco HarrisTulane StadiumNew OrleansLouisiana
Jan 13, 1974VIII (8)Miami Dolphins24Minnesota Vikings7Larry CsonkaRice StadiumHoustonTexas
Jan 14, 1973VII (7)Miami Dolphins14Washington Redskins7Jake ScottMemorial ColiseumLos AngelesCalifornia
Jan 16, 1972VI (6)Dallas Cowboys24Miami Dolphins3Roger StaubachTulane StadiumNew OrleansLouisiana
Jan 17, 1971V (5)Baltimore Colts16Dallas Cowboys13Chuck HowleyOrange BowlMiamiFlorida
Jan 11, 1970IV (4)Kansas City Chiefs23Minnesota Vikings7Len DawsonTulane StadiumNew OrleansLouisiana
Jan 12, 1969III (3)New York Jets16Baltimore Colts7Joe NamathOrange BowlMiamiFlorida
Jan 14, 1968II (2)Green Bay Packers33Oakland Raiders14Bart StarrOrange BowlMiamiFlorida
Jan 15, 1967I (1)Green Bay Packers35Kansas City Chiefs10Bart StarrMemorial ColiseumLos AngelesCalifornia