Report: Super Bowl hosts will be required to play home game in London
NFL owners voted last week to require teams that host Super Bowls to give up one home game at some point over the next five seasons, so that team can play a game in London, reports Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal.
According to the report, teams that are in temporary venues will also have to give up a home game to play in London. The Minnesota Vikings, who will host Super Bowl LII in 2018, are exempt from that rule.
The Vikings currently play their home games at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota while their new $1 billion stadium is being built. The new venue is scheduled to open in time for the 2016 season.
NFL owners will also pay $1 million to the two teams that give up home games to play in London and those teams will be reimbursed any revenues from lost home games.
After the Arizona Cardinals host Super Bowl XLIX Feb. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, the San Francisco 49ers will host Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California. Houston’s NRG Stadium will have Super Bowl LI.
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