Super Bowl LV Will Happen But at 20 Percent Capacity

It’s been announced that Super Bowl LV will take place with a crowd.  The downside is that according to a tweet by ESPN reporter Adam Schefter, that the stadium will only be at 20% capacity.  The game will take place Feb. 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL.  It has been previously announced that Florida’s Governor, Ron DeSantis, is in full support of a full crowd at the game.

“I think you can do much more than what’s been done,” DeSantis said, speaking of the Buccaneers 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.”

“NFL currently is planning for 20 percent seating capacity at Super Bowl LV in Tampa,” reads the tweet from Schefter, posted at 2:35 PM Wednesday. “Fans will be in pods six feet apart and masks will be required.”

The stadium has a full capacity of approximately 65,000, and would result with a crowd of 13-15,000 people for the game in February.

During the 2020 Covid Season, attendance has been severely limited or prohibited entirely at every NFL venue. The NFL has generally allowed teams and the local health and government authorities to determine crowd capacity limits, which has led to a hodgepodge of differing crowd sizes. For example, Dallas Cowboys at At&T Stadium has stuck to an average of about 25 percent of the stated capacity at AT&T Stadium, drawing 24,262 fans per game over its four home dates thus far. On the other hand, The Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium which has allowed a test crowd of 1,200 (1.8 percent capacity) at only one home game so far. Thirteen franchies have yet to have any fans.

Only time will tell how the SuperBowl will look at the end of the season.  What do you think?  Should the Super Bowl host fans?

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