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Tampa Bay loses three times in bids to host future Super Bowls

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Evidently, the NFL has forgotten that there is anything Super about Tampa Bay.

The Bay area swung and missed three times Tuesday as the league named new Super Bowl cities from 2019-2021.

Although the Bay has generally hosted competitive games that were well-reviewed, the city was passed over three times. Atlanta, the host in 2019, has a new stadium. So will Los Angeles, which got the NFL back. Miami edged Tampa Bay despite the improvements for next season’s college national title game.

“Certainly, we knew we were a long shot in the process, with how competitive the finalist group was,” Rob Higgins, executive director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, told the Tampa Bay Times. “Anytime you have a chance to share your community story with some of the most influential people in the world like the NFL ownership group, you have to seize that opportunity. While we’re naturally disappointed in the decision, we remain undeterred in our pursuit of a fifth Super Bowl for our community.”

Tampa has had four Super Bowls in its history. The 1984 game and the 1991 one were at Tampa Stadium and 2001 and 2009 were at Raymond James Stadium.

Miami’s Super Bowl will be its 11th, while Los Angeles will have its eighth and Atlanta just its third. Next year’s Super Bowl will be in Houston, while the 2018 game will be in the Vikings’ new stadium in Minneapolis.

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

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