NFL owners recently awarded future Super Bowls to the cities of Atlanta (2019), Miami (2020) and Los Angeles (2021). Hosting the NFL’s biggest game is a great honor and can be a financial boon for the local economy. However, some believe there is a Super Bowl Curse for the home team.
No host team has played in or won a Super Bowl on their home turf. In fact, no team hosting the Super Bowl in its stadium has even made it to the conference championship game.
It gets worse for home teams. Only six would-be Super Bowl hosts have even made the playoffs. The last team was the Cardinals in 2014-15 but Arizona lost in the Wild Card round to Carolina. Moreover, host franchises have won just two playoff games.
The numbers are ugly but for good reason. Of the 15 teams to have hosted the big game, only five have winning records in the Super Bowl era. This applies to three of the next five hosts as well (Houston, Atlanta and Los Angeles).
Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles all missed the postseason last year. All are longshots (30/1 odds or worse) to win the title next year. These franchises will need to use the interim years before they host to improve dramatically if any stand a chance to break the curse.
Ultimately, a team will win the championship while hosting. The Texans get the next crack at it.
Other Fun Facts
The AFC should be excited about the Super Bowl returning to Miami. The AFC is 6-4 straight-up and against-the-spread in the ten games played in South Florida. If you included all title games played in the Sunshine State the AFC has won 10 of 15 against the NFC.
The NFC however is 3-1 straight-up and 2-1-1 against-the-spread in the big game when played in Atlanta and Los Angeles.
Next 5 Super Bowl Hosts
Year Super Bowl City
2017 LI Houston
2018 LII Minneapolis
2019 LIII Atlanta
2020 LIV Miami
2021 LV Los Angeles