My understanding is that the AFC and NFC alternate nominal home and away team status in the Super Bowl. In the theoretical case where a team makes it to the Super Bowl in the same year that their stadium hosts the Super Bowl, does that in any way alter home and away team calculus? Would that "home" team perhaps still be required to use the visitor locker room in their own stadium? Would they still use their away uniforms?


2 Answers 2


The home team gets to choose which jersey they wear (white or not-white) in every NFL game (not just the Super Bowl, but also the Super Bowl) - see the NFL rulebook:

Home clubs shall choose their jersey color (either white or official team color), and visiting clubs must wear the opposite.

As such if a team was nominally "Away" but was at their home field, the other team would be able to choose which color uniform they each wore.

There's nothing in the rulebook indicating locker rooms, and so it's unclear what would happen there; my guess would be they'd be allowed to use their normal locker room, but it would probably be up to the commissioner to decide ultimately, if the other team preferred to use the home locker room.

As far as whether they'd get a real advantage - it's unknown, and can't be known, since this hasn't happened, and home team advantage itself is very hard to determine as it is.


It hasn't happened yet for any NFL team to play the Super Bowl at their home field (though two teams played in the game when it was held in their cities/areas).

If it happens, all the arrangements will remain unchanged. Both teams will be treated as "away" teams when it comes to their uniforms.

The "home" team would probably feel more comfortable than their rivals using locker room at their stadium (though they could draw the visitors locker room), and being close to their training facilities.

Would such a game give the "host" team an advantage? Well, probably only mentally, because all the other aspects would remain just the same as they would be if they'd be playing the game anywhere else.

The ticket would be split evenly, so this wouldn't make much difference, though the local fans could try some ways of getting more places for themselves.

  • 2
    How are both teams treated as away teams for uniforms? They both wear white unless their the Dallas Cowboys? I think the home team chooses what they want to wear.
    – JeffO
    Commented Mar 16, 2020 at 13:06

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.