The National Football League (NFL) has allowed for 22,000 fans to attend the Super Bowl LV next month.
Those in attendance will made up of 7,500 vaccinated healthcare workers, who will be invited to the game for free in recognition of their service throughout the coronavirus pandemic, with the remaining 14,500 tickets going on sale to the public.
Most of the healthcare workers will be from the Tampa and central Florida area, where the grandstand event will be taking place in the Raymond James Stadium but all 32 NFL teams will select workers from their respective areas to attend.
“These dedicated health care workers continue to put their own lives at risk to serve others, and we owe them our ongoing gratitude,” said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
“We hope in a small way that this initiative will inspire our country and recognise 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.”
COVID-19 restrictions will be implemented throughout the game including wearing face masks, social distancing, podded seating, contact-free concessions and controlled entry and exit from the stadium. In November, the NFL announced a partnership with Visa to make the Super Bowl a cashless event, to help in the reduction of spreading the virus.
The 2021 Super Bowl LV will be competed between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs on February 7, making it the first time an NFL team has competed in a Super Bowl in its home stadium.
Author: Jake Wilkin