CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Los Angeles, which will reintroduce itself to the NFL this season following the relocation of the Rams, joined Atlanta and South Florida in being awarded future Super Bowls during Tuesday's NFL spring meeting.
Los Angeles will host Super Bowl LV in 2021, the final of three bids awarded during the meeting. Atlanta earned the bid for Super Bowl LIII in 2019, and South Florida received the bid for Super Bowl LIV in 2020.
The last time the Super Bowl was held in the Los Angeles area was Jan. 31, 1993, when the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills 52-17 in Super Bowl XXVII at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The city last hosted an NFL team in 1994 -- the Raiders' last season before returning to Oakland.
"They had Super Bowls there regularly before there was no team, so with our new stadium and project, it will be unbelievable," Rams owner Stan Kroenke said of an L.A. Super Bowl. "I've been asked about it a lot when I was in Los Angeles. Everyone's excited."
Although Los Angeles was in the running for both the '20 and '21 games, the latter made the most sense from a logistical standpoint. The new Inglewood stadium, estimated to cost $2.6 billion, is scheduled to open in 2019.
"You want it to be perfect, right? When you come back to L.A. after all those years, you want to be perfect," Kroenke said. "So I think an extra year might be good."
Los Angeles essentially had just Tampa Bay to contend with for the final bid, considering Atlanta and South Florida won the first two bids. Atlanta beat New Orleans on the fourth ballot for the 2019 game, and South Florida defeated Tampa Bay for voting on the 2020 game after L.A. pulled itself out of consideration.
Most people anticipated Atlanta was the front-runner for the 2019 game all along. The league often rewards cities with newly constructed venues. Atlanta is in the process of building the $1.4 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which is set to open next summer. Falcons president Rich McKay said there are no lingering concerns about the possibility of a winter storm affecting the city's ability to host the Super Bowl.
"We're honored to accept the award of my partners for the 2019 Super Bowl, on behalf of Atlanta,'' Blank said. "The region and the National Football League, there's so many people to thank. It's like accepting an Academy Award -- you don't know where to start, and you're going to leave off some people.
"Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be unique, not only in America, but throughout the world. We think it's a great host stadium for the Super Bowl. And we love it being in downtown Atlanta.''
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was one the first to say Atlanta's new stadium had Super Bowl written all over it.
"Atlanta has been so supportive of not just the Falcons, but the NFL,'' Jones said. "They are deserving of having this Super Bowl. Obviously it's a great stadium; a state-of-the-art stadium. But it's the entire aggregation with what's happened with the College Hall of Fame, and that whole picture down there is just something that not only Atlanta is proud of, but I'm proud of. It was a big deal to this ownership for Atlanta to have this Super Bowl.''
Jones also commended South Florida and Los Angeles for their winning bids.
"In South Florida, Stephen Ross has just made such a commitment there, as much as anybody in the league,'' Jones said. "They've basically rebuilt the stadium, and it's perfect for South Florida. And L.A., I'm so proud that this country is going to get to see what we ultimately do there, with the entertainment capital of the world.''
Tampa, Atlanta, New Orleans, Los Angeles and South Florida, in order, were allowed 15 minutes to make presentations. Then the team owner from each location was given five minutes to make a Super Bowl plea.
Atlanta last hosted the game on Jan. 30, 2000, when Kurt Warner led the St. Louis Rams to a 23-16 win over the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV at the Georgia Dome. South Florida last hosted the event on Feb. 7, 2010, when the New Orleans Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV, played at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens.
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, Blank and local business owners. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed the controversial bill after it passed the legislature.
Ross, the Dolphins' owner, has made bringing the Super Bowl back to South Florida one of his highest priorities. He spent approximately $450 million of his own money in renovations of New Miami Stadium after local government refused to subsidize with public funding. Ross will get some of his money back by bringing big events such as the Super Bowl to the area.
"It's going to be great for Miami. It's great for the Miami Dolphins," Ross said. "And we are only going to feel better when we're playing in the game."
The next two Super Bowls will take place in Houston and Minneapolis, respectively.
ESPN's James Walker contributed to this report.