TAMPA, Fla. -- Although the Tampa, Fla., community has come up short in its past two bids to host future Super Bowls, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday that he’s confident the region will get another chance to host the league’s spectacle.
"I’m convinced there will be another Super Bowl here in Tampa," Goodell said. "It’s just a question of when."
Goodell’s comments came Friday as he was the featured guest at a fundraising breakfast for Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate High School’s athletic facilities. The school was founded by soon-to-be Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks and former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo.
Tampa Bay has hosted four Super Bowls, but the region lost out on the Super Bowl that was played in New York in February and did not make the list of finalists for a future Super Bowl site that will be decided upon in October. But Goodell said Tampa Bay shouldn’t be discouraged.
"This community always has done a terrific job with Super Bowls, and I told the Mayor earlier this morning, this is not a reflection on Tampa," Goodell said. "It’s a reflection on the competitiveness of this event. You have great ownership in the Glazer family, you have a great stadium and you have a great community. That’s really important. For me, we will clearly be back here for the Super Bowl."