Is Full Super Bowl Going to Happen This Season?
As one of the states with the least restrictions, Florida governor Ron DeSantis (R) is pushing to reopen the state and wants a full Super Bowl in Tampa. He has followed through with his promise to push the state into phase three of its reopening during the coronavirus pandemic. He wants all bars and restaurants to open at a minimum of 50 percent capacity, preferably full.
During DeSantis’ plants to reopen, the live music venues would reopen at full capacity (unless local rules prohibit them). Venues can choose to self-regulate if they prefer to operate at reduced capacity with social distancing requirements as they desire.
DeSantis has made abundantly clear that he wants to see the state reopened as much as possible, despite the fact that Florida is one of the epicenters of COVID-19 during the summer. He was especially vocal about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ decision to keep fans away to begin their season. After signing Tom Brady as quarterback, the team faced a huge demand for tickets, and its home stadium is scheduled to host the Super Bowl at the end of the current NFL season.
“I think you can do much more than what’s been done,” DeSantis said, speaking of the franchise going two weeks of home games with empty stands despite the state allowing them to host in-person. “Outdoor transmission (of the coronavirus) has just not been a major factor. It doesn’t mean it can’t happen. It doesn’t mean there aren’t things that you can think about in some of these venues. But I’d like to have fans in some capacity and then let’s build going forward.”
Only two NFL teams allowed fans for their opening games including Miami (FL) which allowed 13,000 and had 11,075 seats filled and another Florida team, Jacksonville, which allowed 14,100 and filled 16, 563 in its two home games. The Super Bowl is still a few months off, but DeSantis is pushing for it to allow full capacity.
“I’ve supported that. It’s not really a question of government. It’s really what the league’s been comfortable with,” he stated.“I very much support the Bucs having fans. We expect to do a full Super Bowl, and we’re going to show that we’re going to be able to do that.”
Time will tell. Do you think the Super Bowl should happen at full capacity this season?