Super Bowl LV – scheduled for Feb. 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida – is just over three months away now.
And it sounds like the NFL now has an idea on how many fans they’ll allow inside the stadium.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the league is “planning for 20 percent seating capacity” at the Super Bowl. Face masks would be required, and Schefter added that the spectators will be separated “in pods six feet apart.”
The 20 percent capacity would mean 13,000 to 15,000 fans, per Schefter. The stadium capacity is 65,618.
Several NFL games have had to be rescheduled due to several positive COVID-19 tests on multiple teams. Schefter also added if the league is forced to extend the regular season by one week, they would drop the bye week for the Super Bowl, and the game would still be played on the scheduled Feb. 7 date.
Four Super Bowls have been played in Tampa Bay, most recently Super Bowl XLIII between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
So far, 15 NFL teams have had a limited number of fans for at least one home game. The Dallas Cowboys have averaged the most spectators (24,262) through their first four home tilts.
The Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team and San Francisco 49ers will start allowing fans soon. Several other clubs didn’t have any fans for their early slate of home games, but they recently began to allow a limited number.
Major League Baseball didn’t allow any fans in attendance during the 60-game regular season. A limited number of spectators were allowed for the ALCS, NLCS and the World Series.
The NHL (Edmonton, Alberta and Toronto, Ontario) and the NBA (Orlando) returned to play this summer in bubble cities without any fans in attendance. The two sides are working on formats for their respective 2020-21 seasons, but it’s unknown if they’ll be able to have fans back in the stands any time soon.
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