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Hosting Super Bowl an uphill battle

During a visit to Tampa, Florida, last month, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he was confident the city will host another Super Bowl.

But the question is when a game in Tampa Bay can be squeezed into the NFL’s rotation. That is not as easy as it once was.

There was a time when Tampa Bay’s warm weather made it one of a handful of Super Bowl sites. But the league recently has set a precedent by awarding Super Bowls to cold-weather venues that have built new stadiums. The most recent example came this week when the 2018 game was awarded to Minneapolis.

The 2019 game is the next one available, and Atlanta, which will open a new stadium in 2017, is the early favorite to land that contest. Other new stadiums are on the horizon.

That could continue to make it difficult for Tampa Bay to get its fifth Super Bowl. Raymond James Stadium, which opened in 1998, remains a first-class facility, but it might need some upgrades to get the attention of the league’s owners, who decide where Super Bowls will be played.