(St. Petersburg, Fla.) The NFL announced on Friday that approximately 7,500 healthcare workers vaccinated against the coronavirus will get courtesy tickets for next month’s Super Bowl in Tampa, Fla.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also said in a statement that a total crowd of 22,000 spectators – including the 7,500 healthcare workers – will be able to attend the February 7 game in person.
Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, can accommodate a maximum of 66,000 spectators, according to its website.
Most of the healthcare workers who will get courtesy tickets will be from the Tampa area and heartland of Florida, Goodell said. He added, however, that each of the 32 teams on their circuit will be able to send a number of healthcare workers from their market to attend the game.
Goodell also indicated that « several special events » will be presented in the stadium and on television during the game to honor the healthcare workers.
In addition, as has been the case since the start of the NFL season, spectators attending the Super Bowl must wear a mask, respect social distancing, avoid contact at the various food kiosks and follow the arrows at the ground to indicate the entry and exit points of the stadium.
In total, about 1.2 million spectators have been able to watch the 116 NFL regular season and playoff games this season, Goodell said.
The association championship games scheduled for Sunday will determine which teams play in the Super Bowl. The Buccaneers travel to Green Bay to face the Packers in the Nationwide, while defending champions Kansas City Chiefs meet the Buffalo Bills in the American.
If the Buccaneers win, then they will become the first team in history to compete in the Super Bowl at their own stadium.