The 2015 Super Bowl didn’t have a tough act to follow, considering the previous NFL title game was one of the biggest blowouts in Super Bowl history. It will be very difficult for the 2016 Super Bowl to measure up to the New England Patriots’ win over the Seattle Seahawks, which proved to be one of the most exciting and controversial Super Bowls of all-time.
Next year’s game, though, will be historic, no matter how it ends. The 2016 Super Bowl, also known as Super Bowl 50, is set to take place on Feb. 7, 2016 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The NFL won’t refer to the game as “Super Bowl L,” dropping the Roman numerals, which have been used to describe the previous 49 Super Bowls.
It will be the first Super Bowl ever played at Levi's Stadium, which opened in 2014, as the home of the San Francisco 49ers. The last time California hosted the Super Bowl was in 2003, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Oakland Raiders in San Diego. No team has ever played the Super Bowl in their home stadium, and the 49ers have been given 25-1 odds of winning the title.
The first 35 Super Bowls were played in January, and every Super Bowl since 2004 has been held in February. The 2016 Super Bowl will join 2010 as the latest the game has ever been played in the year. The New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts to win their first ever championship on Feb. 7, 2010.
Super Bowl tickets can always be purchased on the secondary market in the two weeks leading up to the game, but doing so will cost fans thousands of dollars. It’s possible to get tickets to the 2016 Super Bowl for face value, though it isn’t likely. Each year, the NFL holds a lottery, giving 500 fans a chance to buy two tickets to the game. Instructions on how to enter the drawing can be found at nfl.com.
Most tickets to the 2016 Super Bowl will be purchased in other ways. The two teams in the big game each get 17.5 percent of the tickets, and the team that hosts the game gets 5 percent of the tickets. The rest of the league’s teams get 1.2 percent of the seats, and the organizations hold lotteries of their own amongst season-ticket holders. The NFL league office has the final 25.2 percent of the tickets.