With a spate of large-scale LA events, including The Grammy Awards and the Critics Choice Awards, being canceled or postponed, there was growing concern that Los Angeles might bow out of hosting the Super Bowl. But city officials have announced that the game will almost certainly go on as planned at SoFi Stadium on February 13.
“I feel really confident the event will happen here in LA There’s no indication that it won’t,” Los Angeles Department of Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said during a virtual media briefing. “It will be challenging if the surge continues into February, but we’re working closely with both the NFL and SoFi Stadium to have a wonderful Super Bowl here with the appropriate safety precautions that will keep fans safe and our community safe.”
Mayor James Butts of Inglewood, home to the new $5 billion SoFi Stadium, echoed this confidence. “Don’t worry about it,” Butts said in a local TV interview. “The Super Bowl is going to be played in February, in Inglewood, in the City of Champions.”
In 2023, the Super Bowl will be played at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The global sports event will remain in the West for 2024, with Las Vegas and Nevada hosting the spectacle for the very first time, at the recently opened Allegiant Stadium.
“Being named a Super Bowl host city is a defining moment in the history of Las Vegas,” said Steve Hill, CEO and president of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “An event of this magnitude combined with the energy of Las Vegas is going to be unmatched. Our entire city is committed to making Super Bowl LVIII the most electrifying sports spectacle ever. The NFL has been an incredible partner, and we look forward to working with their team, the Host Committee and our partners across our destination to showcase Las Vegas as ‘The Greatest Arena on Earth’.”