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Tampa Bay considered for a pair of Super Bowls

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How long will it take before Tampa Bay is in the Super Bowl?

And how how long will it take before the Super Bowl is in Tampa Bay?

Evidently, the race has begun. And who knows? Maybe both can be ready in another 4-5 years.

According to reports, Tampa Bay is among four cities who lead the contenders for the Super Bowls of 2019 and 2020. Voting will take place next May.

Tampa Bay has been host to the Super Bowl four times in its past, and they have been among the game’s most iconic championships. The Raiders beat the Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII, the Giants beat the Bills in Super Bowl XXV, Ravens beat the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV, and the Steelers beat the Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.

Tampa Bay has not hosted for the last seven Super Bowls, however. Cities vie to host Super Bowls because of economic impact and civic pride. Most of the game tickets are sold to out-of-towners, however.

The competition will be stiff for Raymond James Stadium. Also in the running for those two Super Bowls are New Orleans and Miami, which have hosted the game 10 times, and Atlanta, which has not hosted since 2000.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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