Want The Super Bowl? You’d Better Be Building A Stadium, Or Dump Your ‘Freedom Of Religion’ Bill
Rick Chandler 06:27 pm, May 24th, 2016
So for the second time in a row, New Orleans -- the best place to hold the Super Bowl -- is not chosen to play host to the Super Bowl. Bids for the 2019, '20 and '21 big games went to Atlanta, Miami, and Los Angeles, respectively, during today's NFL spring meeting. La Nouvelle-Orléans lost its second bid in a row, because the NFL loves the sound of tractors and hammers.
Want the Super Bowl to come to your city? Well you'd better be building a new stadium, or at least kill your state's discriminatory religious freedom bill.
The Rams, of course, are constructing a new stadium in Inglewood to be completed in 2019, at a cost of $2.6 billion. This will give owner Stan Kroenke time to make sure that all the toilets flush correctly. The Falcons are building the $1.4 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which is set to open in the summer of 2017.
And Miami gets its record 11th Super Bowl presumably because New Miami Stadium is undergoing a $450 million upgrade, including a modernized exterior and four high-definition scoreboards.
And hopefully your attitude toward the LBGT community is also undergoing an upgrade, because that seems to be a factor as well. ESPN:
Atlanta's bid to host a Super Bowl had been threatened by House Bill 757, which critics said promoted legal discrimination against gays and was denounced by the NFL, [team owner Arthur] Blank and local business owners. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed the controversial bill after it passed the legislature.
So here are your glittering new Super Bowl venues: