When is Super Bowl 2021?

The Super Bowl is being played in Tampa, Florida and will begin at AEDT 10:30am with the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs taking on Tom Brady's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay is the first team in Super Bowl history to play in its home stadium. There will also be the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications hanging over the game.

Below is everything you need to know about the Super Bowl in 2021, the 55th iteration of what has grown into America's biggest sporting event.

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When is Super Bowl 2021 in Australia?

Date: Monday, Feb. 8, 2021

Kickoff time: 10:30am AEDT, 9:30am in Brisbane, 10am in South Australia and 7:30am in Western Australia 

The Super Bowl has never been played later on the calendar than Feb. 7, with Super Bowl 50 (Panthers vs. Broncos) and Super Bowl 44 (Saints vs. Colts) also played on that date. It comes, as it often does, after a scheduled off week following the conference championship games. The Pro Bowl is played during that off week.

Every Super Bowl since 2003 has taken place during the first week of February. From 1967-2003, all but one Super Bowl took place in January.

How to watch Super Bowl in Australia 

The Super Bowl will be shown live and free to air on Channel 7, with coverage starting half an hour before kick-off. 

Channel 7 will be taking the CBS feed.

You can also watch it on Fox Sports channel 509 if you've got pay TV.

How to stream Super Bowl in Australia 

As well as being on its FTA channel, 7 will stream the Super Bowl on its 7plus service. 

You can also stream it live on Kayo from AEDT 10am.

Where is Super Bowl 2021?

City: Tampa, Florida

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium

The 2021 Super Bowl is taking place at the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but don't call the city itself Tampa Bay — that's just a construct used by professional sports teams. Raymond James Stadium is located in Tampa, Florida, the third time a Super Bowl is taking place at that stadium and the fifth overall time in Tampa.

The game was originally slated to take place in Los Angeles, but some construction delays meant that the NFL owners voted in May 2017 to move Super Bowl 55 to Tampa and instead give L.A. Super Bowl 56. 

The NFL rarely awards Super Bowls to anything considered out-of-date, so it's only natural that Raymond James Stadium recently underwent renovations that include an advanced HD video system, with two large video boards (one at each end of the stadium) and four HD tower walls, ranking it as the third-largest video board system in the NFL.

Raymond James Stadium holds 65,000 people and can be expanded to hold 75,000, although in 2020, the Buccaneers haven't hosted even 20,000 fans at a game yet due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"The Tampa Bay area has enjoyed great success over the years hosting Super Bowls and we look forward to working with our local leaders in the coming months to meet the requirements for hosting Super Bowl LV in 2021," Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a release. "Today's announcement offers us the opportunity to showcase Tampa Bay's unique ability to come together as a host for world-class events."

Super Bowl 18 (Raiders 38, Washington 9) was the first iteration of the game to take place in Tampa at the old Tampa Stadium, which also hosted Super Bowl 25 (Giants 20, Bills 19). The game came back to Raymond James Stadium for Super Bowl 35 (Ravens 34, Giants 7) and Super Bowl 43 (Steelers 27, Cardinals 23).

Super Bowl 2021 odds

Kansas City are the warm favourites, paying $1.57 to Tampa Bay's $2.41.

Future Super Bowl locations, host sites

There's a bit of added intrigue to the list of future Super Bowl hosts thanks to the NFL's recent decision to move the next Super Bowl that New Orleans hosts back to 2025. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome was slated to host the 2024 event, but a conflict with Mardi Gras combined with the NFL's 17-game regular season made that change necessary. 

According to CNBC, the NFL will decide on the 2024 host during the next year. It'll look for what it does with all its hosts — the latest amenities and renovations, prime location for fans and the head honchos, along with pretty much always choosing a warm-weather spot (or if needed, a dome).

Below are the sites the NFL has pinned as future Super Bowl locations.