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5 Cities That Should Be First-Time Super Bowl Hosts

  • Justin Melo
  • May 23, 2023
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Super Bowl LX will be held in San Francisco in 2026, the NFL announced on Monday during the league’s annual Spring Owners Meeting in Minneapolis. That means the location of the next three Super Bowls has been determined. Next year’s Super Bowl (LVIII) will be held in Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium, and the following iteration (LIX) is headed for the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans.

The host site for the following years’ Super Bowls remains to be determined. Several worthy contenders will jockey for positioning. We’ve identified five potential first-time hosts for future Super Bowls.


The Tennessee Titans are breaking ground on a new state-of-the-art domed stadium worth $2.1 billion dollars. The enclosed stadium will be built on Nashville’s East Bank and is set to open in 2027. The domed nature of the stadium greatly increases Nashville’s chances of hosting a Super Bowl in the not-so-distant future. Nashville has never hosted a Super Bowl, but the city immediately appeared on the league’s shortlist following the success of the 2019 NFL Draft. A new domed stadium almost guarantees the Titans will host the Super Bowl in 2027 or 2028.


The Philadelphia Museum of Art hosted the 2017 NFL Draft. It was a resounding success. One of America’s finest cities, Philadelphia is the second-most populous city in both the Northeast megalopolis and Mid-Atlantic regions after New York City.

Philadelphia will host WWE WrestleMania at Lincoln Financial Field in April of 2024. We commend the WWE for placing their top-ranked premium event in Philadelphia. Philadelphia will also host a portion of the 2026 World Cup and the 2026 MLB All-Star game. The NFL should follow suit.


Kansas City, Missouri just proved they’re a worthy host for a massive NFL event. The defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs were excellent hosts for the 2023 NFL Draft. The 2023 draft reportedly drew more than 300,000 fans to Kansas City, which is an event-high attendance mark in the post-COVID-19 era. Kansas City knows how to party.

The Chiefs are one of the league’s most passionate fanbases. Chiefs fans should be rewarded with an opportunity to watch franchise quarterback Patrick Mahomes contend for a Super Bowl at Arrowhead Stadium. Winter elements be damned.


Cleveland hosted the 2021 NFL Draft. The city did a commendable job given the challenges posed by COVID-19. Approximately 160,000 people attended that draft, which was roughly in line with the NFL draft’s foot traffic from 2015 to 2018, per Front Office Sports.

Cleveland Browns Stadium has never hosted a Super Bowl. The 2014 renovation made several upgrades to the current iteration. The stadium sits on roughly 31 acres of land in the North Coast Harbor area of downtown Cleveland, with the Great Lakes Science Center and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nearby. The NFL annually hosts the Hall of Fame game in nearby Canton. Traveling fans to a Cleveland-based Super Bowl would locate plenty of entertainment.


The Buffalo Bills are also building a new stadium which is scheduled to open in 2026, approximately one year before Nashville’s new arena is set for completion. The NFL typically avoids hosting Super Bowls in cities that could be impacted by winter-like elements, but perhaps the Bills will increase their chances. 

Buffalo’s new stadium won’t have a roof, but it will feature an inside bowl and stacked seating design to provide some protection from the wintry elements, per CNBC. If the league is comfortable with the protection offered, a Super Bowl could be headed for Buffalo.

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