List of Cities Who Have Hosted the Super Bowl

Super Bowl XLI took place in Miami, Florida. Editorial credit: Anthony Correia /
Super Bowl XLI took place in Miami, Florida. Editorial credit: Anthony Correia /

The Super Bowl refers to the National Football League (NFL). It is a championship held annually, and it is a derivative of a regular season of the previous year. The game is named using Roman numbers and not the year it takes place. It emerged after the merger of two rival leagues; National Football League and the American Football League. The game officially began in 1967, and the two leagues’ champion teams took part in the then AFL-NFL World Championship. Each league is considered to be a “conference,” and champion teams from these two leagues play to determine the Super Bowl champion. The two notable participating teams in this league are Pittsburgh Steelers which has won six times and New England Patriots which has 10 appearances; the most, so far, by a single team.

Hosting of the Super Bowl

The game used to happen in the early days of January, but it changed to the first Sunday of February in 2004. It is determined based on the Labor Day (the first Monday of September) of the previous year. Choice of a host city for the Super Bowl has traditionally depended on climatic conditions. Warm climates have had a high preference year-long, though of late there has been increased venturing into the cold climate cities where games take place indoors. Intentions by the NFL to hold the game outdoors in the cold city of Minneapolis sparked a lot of uproars.

It has been held in various cities, but Miami dominates the chart. Such is due to its warm climate. However, other cities are also considered to give them a boost and prevent monotony of perennially holding it in one city. These cities in order of the frequency in which they have hosted the event are: Miami (11 times), New Orleans (10 times), Los Angeles (8times), Tampa (5 times), San Diego, Phoenix, Houston, Atlanta (all 3 times), Detroit, San Francisco, Minneapolis (all 2 times), Dallas-Fort Worth, Indianapolis and New York (all once). Hosting the Super Bowl has a lot of economic impact on the host cities as revenue collected on that day ranges between $500 and $700 million.

Super Bowl Sunday

The Super Bowl event takes place on the ‘Super Bowl Sunday’; a day that has become an unofficial American National holiday. It is the most televised broadcast annually and, after Thanksgiving Day, it is the second largest day regarding the food consumed in a single day. Its trademark is revered and restricted for use by corporations that sponsor it with non-sponsors referring to as the ‘Big Game.' Broadcast airtime is at its peak ever on the Super Bowl Sunday. Top performing artists such as Beyonce’ Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga, and Madonna are among the event's entertainers.

List of Cities Who Have Hosted the Superbowl

RankCityYears HostedTotal
1Miami1968, 1969, 1971, 1976, 1979, 1989, 1995, 1999, 2007, 2010, 202011
2New Orleans1970, 1972, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1986, 1990, 1997, 2002, 201310
3Los Angeles1967, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1987, 1993, 20228
4Tampa1984, 1991, 2001, 2009, 20215
5San Diego1988, 1998, 20033
6Phoenix1996, 2008, 20153
7Houston1974, 2004, 20173
8Atlanta1994, 2000, 20193
9Detroit1982, 20062
10San Francisco1985, 20162
11Minneapolis1992, 20182
13Dallas-Fort Worth20111
15New York 20141

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