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Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will host its third Super Bowl when Super Bowl LV is played on February 7, 2021.
"The final approval of Super Bowl LV is a great source of pride for the Glazer family, the Buccaneers organization and the entire Tampa Bay region," Buccaneers Co-Chairman BRYAN GLAZER said. "We have made substantial improvements in recent years to ensure that Raymond James Stadium could ultimately host the game for a third time and we appreciate that our fellow owners have recognized the stadium and our area's long and distinguished history as a world-class host city."
Raymond James Stadium has proven to be a global entertainment destination since its opening in 1998, serving host to two Super Bowls (XXXV, XLIII), the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship, other major college football bowl games and conference championships, and other various major sport and enterntainment events. In 2016, Tampa approved rennovations to the stadium, including new HD video boards, sound system, suites, concessions and lockers rooms, all of which will be on full display for Super Bowl LV.
In total, Super Bowl LV will be Tampa Bay's fifth Super Bowl and first since 2009, when SANTONIO HOLMES' touchdown reception in the final minute led the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009. Super Bowl XXXV marked the first Super Bowl played in Raymond James Stadium and featured the Baltimore Ravens and their historic defense, led by Pro Football Hall of Fame and Super Bowl MVP linebacker RAY LEWIS, domininating the New York Giants, 34-7, on January 28, 2001.
The city's first two Super Bowls were played in Tampa Stadium and featured the New York Giants defeating the Buffalo Bills, 20-19, in Super Bowl XXV on January 27, 1991, and the Los Angeles Raiders defeating Washington, 38-9, in Super Bowl XVIII on January 22, 1984.
While the economic impact of hosting the Super Bowl is clearly significant, the Tampa Bay Super Bowl Host Committee believes it is the Super Bowl's social impact that will leave an eternal legacy on the Tampa Bay community. While there will be programs that impact numerous causes and social issues, the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee is pleased to unveil "Forever 55", the local host committee's primary social legacy initiative representing the everlasting impression that Super Bowl LV will have on the community.
Together, the NFL and the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee alongside community and civic partners will collaborate in an intentional and strategic way to create, support, and implement long-lasting initiatives throughout Tampa Bay. Forever 55 includes a $2 million investment by the local Host Committee and the NFL, via the NFL Foundation, focusing on pillars that best reflect the needs in the Tampa Bay community. These pillars; early childhood education, food insecurity, families, health and wellness, sustainability, and systemic justice represent our commitment to moving our community Forward. Forever. Together.
Tampa Bay's five Super Bowls are the fourth-most of any city/region, trailing only Miami/South Florida (11), New Orleans (10) and Los Angeles (seven).