The coronavirus pandemic has hit all sports hard, including sports. NFL. However, the league intends to continue with its plans as agreed. The idea is that the Super Bowl LV, scheduled to take place on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, will be held with fans in the stands at 20 percent of its total capacity.
Although the NFL forced to extend its regular season one more week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed that the league plans to have the Buccaneers’ stadium open at 20 percent of its total capacity for the Super Bowl. The Raymond James has a capacity under normal conditions for 65 thousand fans. So the game for the title would be played before approximately 15 thousand people.
Although COVID-19 infections do not stop in the United States, the NFL He hopes that in February the situation will be different. Even so, consider all possible scenarios for the Super Bowl LV. In fact, it is expected that the fans present will be accommodated in small groups to avoid contagion. In addition, they will be six feet apart and the use of face masks will be mandatory.
Could the Super Bowl be postponed?
This season has brought various problems for the NFL. Various franchises have tested positive for coronavirus, forcing them to postpone their matches. For this reason, the league keeps open the possibility of moving the date of the Super Bowl up to four weeks later to February 7. However, he will do his best to stick to the regular schedule and to accommodate the matches so that they are not delayed any longer than planned.
In addition, there is another point that the NFL could consider to adjust to the plan and celebrate the Super Bowl on February 7. In the event that the regular season requires an extra week to conclude, the league will eliminate the additional seven days it schedules between the National and American Conference Championship games, as long as the coronavirus does not increase in the teams.