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A look at the history of the Super Bowl in Tampa

Super Bowl LV will be Tampa's fifth time hosting the big game.
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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 1984, file photo, Los Angeles Raiders' Matt Millen gestures as he celebrates with teammate Reggie Kinlaw following the Raiders' 38-9 win over the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII in Tampa. (AP Photo/File)

TAMPA, Fla. — For the first time in over a decade, the Super Bowl will return to Tampa next year for a game we’re all sure to remember.

Given the pandemic, it’s safe to say Super Bowl LV will be a little different than what we’re used to. 

As the city accommodates crowds of football fans amid coronavirus safety protocols, we look back on the Tampa Super Bowls of years past.

1984: Super Bowl XVIII

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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 1984, file photo, Los Angeles Raiders' Matt Millen gestures as he celebrates with teammate Reggie Kinlaw following the Raiders' 38-9 win over the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII in Tampa. (AP Photo/File)

The Los Angeles Raiders beat Washington 38-9 at the original Tampa Stadium. Raiders running back Marcus Allen set a Super Bowl record with a 74-yard touchdown run at the end of the third quarter. For context, Ronald Reagan was president and Apple teased the release of the Macintosh Computer during the commercials.

1991: Super Bowl XXV

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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 1991, file photo, New York Giants quarterback Jeff Hostetler celebrates a second-quarter touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during NFL football's Super Bowl XXV in Tampa, Fla. The Giants went 3-3 down the stretch and lost quarterback Phil Simms to a foot injury in Week 14, leaving the offense–such as it was–in the hands of a largely unproven Hostetler. (AP Photo/File)

The New York Giants beat the Buffalo Bills with a close score of 20-19. Tampa Stadium would close down a few years later and get demolished in 1999 to make way for our beloved Raymond James Stadium. Future Hall of Fame Bucs quarterback Tom Brady was just the backup quarterback at Serra High School in San Mateo, California at the time.

2001: Super Bowl XXXV

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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2001, file photo, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Trent Dilfer (8) celebrates with teammates after throwing a 38-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandon Stokley during the first quarter of Super Bowl XXXV against the New York Giants in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

The Baltimore Ravens beat the New York Giants 34-7 at Raymond James Stadium’s first Super Bowl. Crowds rocked out to Aerosmith and Britney Spears at the iconic halftime show.

2009: Super Bowl XLIII

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger celebrates a touchdown during the NFL Super Bowl XLIII football game, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 securing their sixth Super Bowl ring. At the time, that was more titles than any team in the NFL. Meanwhile, the U.S. Government bailed out Bank of America just before Barack Obama took office.

That brings us to 2021. The Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee is planning socially distant events in the week leading up to the big game. Super Bowl attendees will be required to wear masks as they cheer on their team.

The amount of fans allowed in the stands of Raymond James Stadium has yet to be announced. But, what we do know is that the NFL and local government officials are working to ensure the health and safety of the public.

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