The Super Bowl LV is on the horizon, and the NFL plans to leave no stone unturned to retain its glory.
Just like all other sports across the globe, the current NFL season suffered the toil of the COVID-19 pandemic and for the first time in its history, hosted games behind closed doors as a safety protocol to counter any risk of contamination.
Super Bowl LV to have 22,000 fans including 7,500 vaccinated health care workers from NFL teams
Although the league gradually allowed a limited number of spectators in the stadiums, the atmosphere of a Super Bowl- touted as the greatest sporting event in the United States, needs to be grand as every, even this time.
Having the same notion in mind, the NFL has announced that they will allow 22,000 fans to enter the Raymond James Stadium, which has a capacity of nearly 66,000 and will have one-third of its stands occupied on 7th February.
Although its less than half of the impractical number New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton had in mind, who proposed to have 50,000 fans for their playoff fixture, its looking to be enough to catch the aura of the Super Bowl.
Among the 22k, 7,500 will be vaccinated health care workers from all 32 clubs of the league and they will be given free tickets to the grand event.
“These dedicated health care workers continue to put their own lives at risk to serve others, and we owe them our ongoing gratitude,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was quoted in the official announcement.
“We hope in a small way that this initiative will inspire our country and recognize these true American heroes. This is also an opportunity to promote the importance of vaccination and appropriate health practices, including wearing masks in public settings,” the league commissioner added.
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The Super Bowl LV will feature either of the two AFC Championship contenders- the defending champions Kansas City or Buffalo Bills and on the other hand the Green Bay Packers or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who will lock horns for the NFC Championship.
The Bucs, lead by Tom Brady from the front have a chance to earn a home field advantage if they can defeat the Packers, which is sure to add an extra level of excitement for the Super Bowl.