Super Bowl LV between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have 22,000 fans in attendance, including 7,500 vaccinated health care workers, the NFL announced.
The game will be held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, according to Fox News, marking the first time in NFL history where a team (Buccaneers) will host a home-field Super Bowl. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a news release that the health care workers will be guests of the league to thank them for their service during the coronavirus pandemic. The health care workers will come from hospitals in Tampa and other areas of Central Florida and will receive free tickets to the game.
“These dedicated health care workers continue to put their own lives at risk to serve others, and we owe them our ongoing gratitude,” Goodell said. “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.” There will be 14,500 additional fans allowed to attend the Super Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. The NFL said the protocols for fans attending the game outdoors include mandatory mask-wearing, social-distancing, podded seating, touchless concession stands and other security checkpoints.
Several teams began hosting fans throughout the season. Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, each had a limited number of fans in the stands for their respective conference championship games.
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