This is when the 2021 Super Bowl takes place - and how to watch it in the UK

Tuesday, 12th January 2021, 5:24 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th January 2021, 5:25 pm

The NFL's showpiece event, the Super Bowl, is fast approaching.

With the playoff action hotting up, fans are eagerly following each game week to see who will make it through to Super Bowl 55.

Reigning champions Kansas City Chiefs remain in the fight to defend their crown - but the challengers are circling with all eyes on the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Here’s all you need to know ahead of Super Bowl 55.

When is the Super Bowl 2021?

The Super Bowl has been played on the first Sunday in February for the last 16 years and is the culmination of the regular season.

This remains the same - even in a global pandemic - with Super Bowl 55 set to take place on Sunday 7 February 2021.

The game will start at 11.30pm UK time and will go through to around 3am on Monday 8 February, when the victors will be crowned.

Where is the Super Bowl going to be in 2021?

The Super Bowl takes place in a different venue to the previous year, rotating around the sport's best and biggest stadiums.

This year it will take place at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

No team has ever played the Super Bowl in its home stadium - the closest any team has come was the 2017 Minnesota Vikings who were one win away from competing at the US Bank Stadium, only to lose to the Philadelphia Eagles - but it is a possibility this year.

The 'Ray Jay' is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who, led by legendary quarterback Tom Brady, won their first playoff game since 2002 with a 31-23 victory over Washington Football Team.

Brady's Bucs face New Orleans Saints on 17 January.

The Divisional playoffs are set to take place across 16-17 January before the AFC and NFC Championship games are held on Sunday 24 January to determine who heads to the Super Bowl.

Who will do the halftime show in 2021?

Millions of people tune into the Super Bowl halftime show every year.

Canadian born R&B star - and three-time Grammy award winner - The Weeknd is set to headline the Super Bowl halftime show.

Last year's halftime show featured Jennifer Lopez and Shakira and drew a crowd of more than 104 million viewers on television worldwide.

Other acts to have performed at the halftime show include Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Prince.

Where is the Super Bowl for the next 5 years?

Next year's showpiece event, Super Bowl 56, will take place at the Los Angeles Stadium, with the hope of a packed out 100,000-plus crowd in attendance.

The State Farm Stadium, Glendale, will host the 2023 Super Bowl and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans will host the 2024 Super Bowl.

What channel is the Super Bowl on?

Sky Sports has been the home of NFL in the UK this past year, with its very own dedicated channel on Sky 408.

Live games, news and highlights are available around the clock on Sky Sports NFL, which Sky subscribers can sign up to here.

Alternatively, the BBC has had a highlights package throughout the 2020/21 season and will air the game live on BBC One from 11.30pm on 7 February.