For 31 of the NFL’s 32 teams, one phrase can likely sum up their 2020 season: There’s always next year.
In a lot of ways, the world has been waiting for “next year” to come. The COVID-19 vaccine could have a huge impact on sending life back toward normalcy. Stadiums might fill up once again. Players might only miss games due to injury and not because of contact tracing. And waiting as the light at the end of that tunnel is Super Bowl 56.
The 2022 Super Bowl will take place at SoFi Stadium just outside Los Angeles, the home of the Rams and Chargers. While neither of those teams looks as likely as the 2020 Buccaneers to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium, who really knows? Maybe Jared Goff and Sean McVay make magic or Justin Herbert carries the Chargers in his second season.
Most likely, the favorite all offseason to represent the AFC in the big game will be Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. The NFC has a bit more turnover, with Aaron Rodgers trade rumors and Tom Brady’s age among the major things preventing the Packers and Buccaneers from being obviously set up for an NFC title game rematch.
In some ways, Super Bowl 56 is a long way off. In others, it won’t be long before conversation about who’ll play in that game begins. So we’ve got all the current information for you about when, where and even future odds for Super Bowl 2022.
When is Super Bowl 2022?
The Super Bowl in 2022 will be the final iteration broadcast as part of a 2014 rights deal that extended an original contract from 2006. Fox and CBS both had their turn with their final broadcast of this contract, and NBC will cap it off before a new deal is struck for huge money that could include other major players.
Feb. 6 is the second-latest date that the Super Bowl is played on, with 2021’s Feb. 7 the latest. It will provide a chance for Patrick Mahomes to lead the Chiefs to a third consecutive Super Bowl or for Tom Brady to continue defying aging.
It’s a long way off, but the expectation would be that NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” broadcast team gets the call for the Super Bowl. That would mean Al Michaels on play-by-play duty and Cris Collinsworth providing color commentary.
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 2022?
SoFi Stadium finally gets its first Super Bowl, a year later than initially scheduled. The 2021 iteration of the game was supposed to be played at SoFi before weather-related construction delays forced the game to be pushed off a year.
Super Bowl 2022 will be played after the second season of SoFi Stadium hosting NFL games for the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. It’ll be just the first big event scheduled for SoFi Stadium, with both the College Football Playoff Championship and WrestleMania 39 scheduled to take place there in 2023.
SoFi Stadium isn’t just a football field, though. It’s a piece of Hollywood Park, a master-planned neighborhood on the site of the former racetrack that had that name. There’s a casino and apartment complex there, among other amenities.
Normally, SoFi Stadium seats 70,240 people. It can be expanded greatly for major events, including the Super Bowl, to seat up to 100,240.
SoFi Stadium was originally estimated to cost about $2.66 billion, but it reached nearly $5 billion by the time it was actually completed. That made it the most expensive sports venue ever built.
An added appeal to the NFL of SoFi Stadium’s locale is that by mid-2021, the local Metro Rail will be incorporated into the stadium, allowing for easier travel to the field than Los Angeles traffic would typically allow.
Super Bowl 2022 odds
Note: These odds are via DraftKings Sportsbook as of Feb. 3, 2021.
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 soon-to-be 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 — new amenities and renovations, great location for fans and big shots, and probably a warm-weather location (unless it’s a dome).
Below are the sites the NFL has pinned as future Super Bowl locations.
Super Bowl halftime show 2022
The Super Bowl halftime show for 2022 has yet to be announced. The 2021 performer, The Weeknd, was announced in November 2020, so it could be a long wait for the announcement of next year’s performer.
Super Bowl national anthem singer 2022
The national anthem singers for 2021, Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan, were announced even closer to the big game than the halftime show. Don’t expect to know these anytime soon.
Super Bowl 2022 tickets
We won’t know exact prices until closer to Super Bowl 56, but it won’t be cheap. Starting ticket prices normally start at more than $5,000, and if the stadium is full again after limited fans in 2021 due to COVID-19, the tickets could be in huge demand.
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.
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