Prior to last year, the NFL had gone 54 years without a team playing a Super Bowl in its stadium.
LOS ANGELES — The Cincinnati Bengals are Sunday’s home team in the Super Bowl — technically. Home-field advantage belongs entirely to the Los Angeles Rams.
Indeed, the home Super Bowl team alternates between the NFC and AFC champions each year.
The NFC champions (15-5) will dress and work in their usual locker room after spending the night before the big game at their usual hotel. The Rams logo is plastered all around and inside SoFi Stadium, even with the banners clearly stating it’s the Super Bowl.
Yes, the Bengals (13-7) are pictured inside the stadium with their name and “Who Dey!” mantra against the Rams.
This is the second straight Super Bowl the home team has played on home turf after Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won a championship a year ago at Raymond James Stadium. Before that, the NFL went 54 years without a team playing a Super Bowl in its home stadium.
As a home teamthe Bengals got to choose which uniforms to wear.
But as a road team, the Rams will be able to call the toss to open play, and in overtime if necessary.
Super Bowl 56 could go down in history at kickoff before the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals start practice.
The temperature two hours before kick-off was 85 degrees with the possibility of the gauge rising even higher by the time the ball is kicked. That would make it the hottest Super Bowl ever, surpassing the record of 84 set on January 14, 1973 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
California has been battling a heat wave with eight locations in the region posting record temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s earlier this week.