the Los Angeles Rams will be in their building for Super Bowl LVI. They would even be in their own locker room for the game. However, they won’t be the real ‘home’ team on February 13.
Thanks to an NFL rule, this Instead, the accolade will go to the AFC champions, the Cincinnati Bengals, who will have to travel more than 2,000 miles to get to SoFi Stadium.
How does the NFL determine the home team for the Super Bowl? Well, Super Bowl “home” and “away” teams alternate between conferences each year, and this year the home designation goes to the AFC.
Until last season, the difference between being the ‘home’ or ‘away’ team was mostly ceremonial. However, the 2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers made history by becoming the first team to play a Super Bowl in its stadium. The Bucs were also the true “home” team of Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium, as it was a year in which the NFC rep earned the designation.
So what do the Bengals get from being the “home” team in the Rams’ stadium? They can choose the uniforms they will wear.
As for the benefits of being the “away” team, the Rams can call the toss at the start of the game, as well as overtime if needed.
After 54 Super Bowls without a team playing in its home venue, teams have achieved feats in consecutive seasons. Now, the Rams will attempt to become the first “outside” team to win the Super Bowl at their own stadium.