NFL Plans To Hold Fan Capacity To 20% For Super Bowl


Super Bowl XLIX Winning Team Head Coach and Chevrolet MVP Press Conference

Super Bowl XLIX Winning Team Head Coach and Chevrolet MVP Press Conference

The National Football League is planning to restrict Super Bowl seating to just 20% at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium over COVID-19 health and safety concerns.

Raymond James Stadium, which was expected have a capacity crowd of close to 75,000 for the Feb. 7 NFL championship game, would instead host between 13,000 to 15,000 fans, making one of the hardest tickets in sport to come by even tougher to find. Treport said spectators would have to wear masks and sit in pods six feet (1.83 m) apart.

The NFL doesn’t plan to move the date at this point. Many have called for the league to add a Week 18, to account for any games that can’t be rescheduled within the season. If that happens, Schefter says, there will not be the customary week off between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl on February 7.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created havoc with the NFL calendar with positive cases forcing a shuffling of the schedule and leaving open the possibility of adding an 18th week of games to the regular season.

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