Atlanta, South Florida, Los Angeles awarded Super Bowls in 2019-21 – USA TODAY

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NFL owners voted on Tuesday to award Atlanta, South Florida, Los Angeles with Super Bowls 53, 54 and 55.


CHARLOTTE – This time, the vote to win over fellow NFL owners was a lot less stressful for Stan Kroenke.

Or just an automatic rubber stamp.

Less than five months after earning approval to move the Los Angeles Rams from St. Louis by wowing NFL owners with a grand plan for a futuristic stadium, Kroenke cashed in with the natural sequel on Tuesday when Los Angeles was awarded Super Bowl LV in 2021.

The decision followed the awarding of Super Bowl LIII (2019) to Atlanta and Super Bowl LIV (2020) to South Florida, and followed suit with typical NFL logic that extends its showcase game as a reward.

Kroenke is building a $2 billion-plus palace in Inglewood, Calif., while the Atlanta Falcons are slated to open $1.4 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2017. Meanwhile, Dolphins Stadium will undergo a $450 million renovation before it adds another layer to Miami’s Super Bowl history.

“From the owners’ standpoint, they want to show that it’s worthwhile,” said Kroenke, who is securing a massive, privately financed facility on the Hollywood Park racetrack site adjacent to the Forum. “These are large investments. I think they are telling the communities and the owners who stick their necks out, that it’s worthwhile.”

Atlanta can vouch for that. While Los Angeles, site of the first two Super Bowls, is back in the rotation with the return of the Rams, Atlanta needed a new stadium before it could land its third Super Bowl.

The last time the Super Bowl was in played in Atlanta, in 2000, the region was devastated by an ice storm that wreaked so much havoc on the week of Super festivities.

Did the Falcons need to ensure owners that another ice storm is unlikely? Not so much.

“When you look at the law of probability, it’s one out of 100,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said. “It’s been 16 years since the last one, so we’ve got another 84 years.”

The new downtown stadium undoubtedly trumps fears of another ice storm.

Said Falcons president Rich McKay, “One of the reasons you build stadiums is to continue to get the big events.”

In South Florida’s case, it’s not exactly a new stadium. But Dolphins owner Stephen Ross knew full well what needed to happen before the Miami area landed another big one.

“That’s why I put the money up,” Ross said. “That’s one of the things I promised I would do.”

The other thing he promised? To turn the Dolphins into a Super Bowl team again.

“Now I’ve got to do the other part,” Ross said.

Maybe the idea will be boosted by karma. South Florida’s winning presentation on Tuesday was delivered by a former Dolphins Super Bowl hero, Hall of Fame fullback Larry Csonka.

Tampa Bay and New Orleans were the other communities that bid on the three Super Bowls.

Follow Jarrett Bell on Twitter @JarrettBell.

Atlanta, South Florida, Los Angeles awarded Super Bowls in 2019-21 – USA TODAY

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