The Los Angeles Rams recently announced that they had to push back the opening of their new stadium to the summer of 2020, as opposed to the original 2019 opening date due to the record amounts of rain in Southern California this past winter.
While all that means for the Rams is that they will play one extra season in the Coliseum, there are other consequences for the NFL.
The 2021 Super Bowl was supposed to be at the new stadium, but there is an NFL rule in place that a stadium must be open for at least one year to host a Super Bowl.
It was originally thought that the NFL may make an exception for Los Angeles, but it appears that may no longer be the case as it is being pushed back to 2022, with the Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium hosting in 2021 via Ian Rapoport of NFL Network:
The @NFL owners have voted, unanimously, to move Super Bowl 55 to Tampa, while LA will host Super Bowl 56, source says.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 23, 2017
Rams owner Stan Kroenke likely tried to keep the 2021 Super Bowl, but the NFL owners had the ultimate say.
In addition to the 2022 Super Bowl and Rams and Los Angeles Chargers home games, the stadium will also host many concerts, future Final Fours and possibly the 2024 Olympics that Los Angeles is vying for.