The head of the National Football League sees a future of Super Bowls taking place in our back yard.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday that he expects the big game to return to South Florida more often, now that Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens has undergone extensive renovations.
During a news conference, Goodell referred to the 34-year-old home to Super Bowl LIV as practically a “new stadium.”
“I call it a new stadium because I think the work that’s been done here by Stephen Ross and his team have made that into a high-quality stadium that I think everybody here is anxious to showcase,” he told reporters.
The renovations included construction of an open-air canopy to protect fans from the weather and other elements. Super Bowl XLI, which was the second-to-last NFL championship game played here, took place during heavy rain in 2007.
“There’s a reason why it’s hosting its 11th Super Bowl, the most in NFL history,” Goodell added. “They are a great community. They know how to put on big events.”
The league changed its Super Bowl site selection process two years ago. Whereas teams used to bid for the game, beginning with Super Bowl LVII, the NFL chooses and approaches a prospective host location to submit a proposal. Team owners then make the decision.
The next four Super Bowls after this year’s game will be played in Tampa, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and New Orleans.
Goodell adds, “We believe that we’ll be back here many times going into the future. It’s just a great spot for the Super Bowl.”