New Jersey is only the 10th state to host a Super Bowl


Locations of every Super Bowl. (Based on historical NFL data)

New Jersey this weekend will join an elite club: states that have hosted a Super Bowl.

Despite the fact that this Sunday’s game will be the 48th championship, just nine other states have fielded the game. In all, there have only been 18 host cities, according to official NFL data. Just 18 cities have served as backdrops to the game, with East Rutherford in N.J. joining their ranks.

Economists routinely debate the value in hosting events such as the Super Bowl or the Olympics. While they inevitably contribute to the local economy by packing hotels and restaurants and increasing spending over the course of a few days, they can also tax resources. Studies that show huge benefits from hosting such events typically ignore investments to infrastructure that often negate the benefits.

“Cities are good at adding and multiplying,” Victor Matheson, an associate professor at the College of the Holy Cross who specializes in sports economics and the impact of so-called mega-events, once told me“They’re not good at subtracting.”

That said, New Jersey will still get bragging rights. If all goes off without a hitch, it can lay claim to being one of just ten states that have proven they can host one of the nation’s largest sporting events.

State No. times hosting Super Bowl
Florida 15
California 11
Louisiana 10
Texas 3
Arizona 2
Michigan 2
Georgia 2
Minnesota 1
Indiana 1

(Based on historical NFL data.)

City No. times hosting Super Bowl
New Orleans 10
Miami 9
Pasadena 5
Tampa 4
San Diego 3
Houston 2
Atlanta 2
Los Angeles 2
Indianapolis 1
Arlington 1
Miami Gardens 1
Glendale 1
Detroit 1
Jacksonville 1
Tempe 1
Minneapolis 1
Palo Alto 1
Pontiac 1

(Based on historical NFL data.)

Niraj Chokshi reports for GovBeat, The Post's state and local policy blog.

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