Houston is hosting its third Super Bowl in 2017, and its first since 2004. Although it is one of the few markets in the U.S. to host more than one Super Bowl since the first one in 1967, it is far behind the cities that have hosted it the most. The Miami and New Orleans areas have been the hosts to more Super Bowls than any other metropolitan area with 10 each. Miami will break the tie when it hosts its 11th Super Bowl in 2020.
The Houston area’s first Super Bowl was Super Bowl VIII, which featured the Miami Dolphins and the Minnesota Vikings in 1974 at Rice Stadium. In 2004, Reliant Stadium hosted Super Bowl XXXVIII, when the New England Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers. Coincidentally, Super Bowl LI also involves the Patriots.
The Miami area has hosted a Super Bowl at least once every decade. The longest Super Bowl drought for the city was between 1979 and 1989. After all, Miami had hosted five Super Bowls between 1968 and 1979. Since 1989, the Super Bowl was played in Miami in 1995, 1999, 2007 and 2010. The NFL has selected Miami for the 2020 Super Bowl.
New Orleans is also a favorite spot for the NFL. The city hosted the Super Bowl four times in the 1970s, twice in the ’80s, twice in the ’90s and once in the Aughts. The most recent Super Bowl in New Orleans was in 2013.
The Los Angeles metropolitan area is catching up with Miami and New Orleans. The region hosted the first Super Bowl, which took place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and went on to host seven more Super Bowls. Although there hasn’t been a Super Bowl in the LA area since 1993, the NFL awarded the 2021 Super Bowl to Los Angeles. It will be held at the new stadium the Rams are building in Inglewood.
The current NFL trend is to use the Super Bowl to highlight new stadiums, no matter where they are located. That’s why the 2018 Super Bowl will be hosted at the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, which hasn’t hosted a Super Bowl since 1992. The Atlanta Falcons, who are in Super Bowl LI, will get to show off their new stadium at the 2019 Super Bowl.
Here’s the complete list of cities that have hosted the Super Bowl, in order of how many times they have hosted.
|City/Metro Area||# of Times Hosted||Years Hosted (Future Games in Italics)|
|Miami Metropolitan Area||11||1968, 1969, 1971, 1976, 1979, 1989, 1995, 1999, 2007, 2010, 2020|
|New Orleans||10||1970, 1972, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1986, 1990, 1997, 2002, 2013|
|Los Angeles Metropolitan Area||8||1967, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1987, 1993, 2021|
|Tampa||4||1984, 1991, 2001, 2009|
|San Diego||3||1988, 1998, 2003|
|Phoenix Metropolitan Area||3||1996, 2008, 2015|
|Houston||3||1974, 2004, 2017|
|Atlanta||3||1994, 2000, 2019|
|Detroit Metropolitan Area||2||1982, 2006|
|San Francisco Bay Area||2||1985, 2016|
|Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area||1||2011|
|New York Metropolitan Area||1||2014|