Even the Super Bowl is not immune to COVID-19.
The global pandemic that has plagued the world of sport and the world at large for nearly a year will also limit attendance at the big game. The NFL had different attendance policies throughout the 2020 regular season, depending on the location of the teams / stadiums, because different states and localities had different rules governing meetings.
Super Bowl 55, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, will not have a full stadium and will have additional policies that could keep fans with symptoms out of the stadium entirely.
Are fans allowed in the Super Bowl in 2021?
Yes, fans can participate in Super Bowl 55 on February 7, 2021.
The exact number of fans will reach approximately 22,000. The NFL has invited 7,500 vaccinated healthcare workers to the Super Bowl for free. On top of that, there will be an additional 14,500 fans who purchased tickets to attend.
Information on fans at the Super Bowl in Tampa:
7,500 guest health workers
➕ 14,500 additional fans
– Billy Heyen (@BillyHeyen) January 22, 2021
The Buccaneers, who play their home games at Raymond James Stadium, home of this year’s Super Bowl, did not allow 20,000 fans at any point this season, so it will be slightly more crowded than those games. The state of Florida allowed stadiums to run at full capacity beginning in October, but none of the state’s three NFL teams went to that extreme. Raymond James Stadium typically houses 65,000 and can be expanded to 75,000.
NFL COVID-19 Test for Super Bowl
The NFL “ticketback terms” for Super Bowl 55 include a section called “Fan Health Promise.” The following is the league wording for what it would require fans to “stay home”, with “Holder” being used to denote someone who has a Super Bowl ticket:
The Owner agrees that neither the Owner, nor anyone in the Owner’s group, will attend the Event if any of the following conditions are met on the day of the Event:
- Within the previous 14 days, the Holder (or anyone from the Holder’s party or with whom the Holder has close contact) has tested positive for or been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19;
- Within the previous 48 hours, Holder (or anyone in Holder’s party or with whom Holder has close contact) has experienced COVID-19 symptoms (for example, fever of 100.4 ° F or higher, cough, shortness of breath, or shortness of breath, chills, repeated tremors, muscle pain / pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 identified by CDC);
- Within the previous 14 days, the Holder (or anyone in the Holder’s party or with whom the Holder has close contact) traveled to any state or international territory identified by the applicable federal or local governments as subject to travel or travel advisories. quarantine due to COVID-19.
What if Super Bowl fans have COVID-19?
The NFL removes its responsibility for fans who enter the game while carrying COVID-19.
The league uses legal language to explain why it is not your fault if COVID-19 passes at Raymond James Stadium, stating: “There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. COVID- 19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to serious illness and death. According to the CDC, older people and people with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. Upon entering the stadium and stadium grounds, Holder voluntarily assumes all related risks with exposure to COVID -19.
Can the NFL void Super Bowl tickets in 2021 due to COVID-19?
The NFL’s official Ticket Exchange website includes guidance on what happens if the league has to change its Super Bowl attendance policy.
When trying to buy a ticket, the following message appears:
“Please note that due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19, programming may be affected and games may be canceled, rescheduled or postponed by the NFL, teams or venues. Full refunds will be available if the NFL or the team cancel a game and it cannot be replayed, or if it is played under conditions that prohibit fan attendance. If a game is postponed or rescheduled, your tickets may be valid for the new date, so grab them and we’ll keep you posted. “
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.