The NFL announced Friday that Super Bowl LV will welcome 22,000 fans, including 7,500 vaccinated health care workers, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The health care workers will receive free tickets to the game, which takes place in 16 days at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida on Feb. 7.
Super Bowl LV will pit the winner of the NFC (the Green Bay Packers or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) against the AFC Champion (the Kansas City Chiefs or the Buffalo Bills). Those games will take place on Sunday.
Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, none of the 32 NFL teams could have full capacity at their respective home games. Per ESPN, the Dallas Cowboys led the league in attendance, averaging 28,187 fans per contest at AT&T Stadium.
Raymond James Stadium, home of the Buccaneers, averaged 14,483 fans for their home games. The other two Florida NFL teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins, also welcomed a limited number of fans for home games during the 2020 season.
The NHL’s Florida Panthers and the NBA’s Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors (who are playing temporarily in Tampa Bay) have also allowed a small capacity of spectators at their respective home games.
Raymond James Stadium will also host WWE’s WrestleMania 37 event, which will fall on the Apr. 10-11 weekend.
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The stadium was supposed to host WrestleMania 36 last year, but WWE relocated it to the company Performance Center in Orlando due to the pandemic.
Tampa Bay has hosted the Super Bowl on four other occasions: Super Bowl XVIII, Super Bowl XXV, Super Bowl XXV and most recently Super Bowl XLIII 12 years ago.
This marks the second straight year in which the Super Bowl will be played in the state of Florida. Super Bowl LIV was played at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, with the Chiefs defeating the San Francisco 49ers by a final score of 31-20.
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