NFL Super Bowl LV Fan Capacity Expected To Operate At 20%
The 2019-20 season of the NFL survived the COVID-19 pandemic. Moving forward, the league now aims to get back on track and return to normal next season, starting with the upcoming Super Bowl LV. After ditching plans to do their own regular-season bubble, the NFL plans to hold fan capacity to 20% at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium on February 27, 2020.
The NFL is willing to add an 18th week to its regular season to hold the next Super Bowl in a safe and functioning stadium next year. A delayed schedule might affect the league’s revenue and the start dates of the next season, but it could also ensure the success of the next Super Bowl from the perspective of fans and players. Meanwhile, as this adds more matches to the calendar, betting fans are in for a treat as sportsbooks can offer more odds and more promotions along the way such as the Nitro Squares which is perfect for fans of the sport.
In a statement released last Wednesday, the league updated NFL fans regarding the status of Super Bowl LV. There’s no set capacity at the moment, but owners and teams are considering holding an average of 20% fan capacity at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium.
The venue can hold 65,000 to 75,000 fans. With the given capacity, fans will be in pods 6 feet apart. They will also be required to wear face masks and face shields.
“There is no set capacity figure at this time as we continue to monitor the ongoing pandemic with more than three months to go before the Super Bowl on February 7. There have been 19 teams that have already or have been authorized by public authorities to host regular-season games. The average has been around 20 percent with fans seated in pods and everyone wearing face coverings,” NFL said in a statement released on ESPN.
The safety of the public is still the top priority of the league and its Super Bowl plans. So, before inviting fans and officially opening the stadium, the NFL will first coordinate with the players’ association, host committees, and local public health and government officials. During the regular season, the NFL let the home teams and state and local authorities decide on fan attendance and capacity.
Opening Super Bowl LV to fans is good news. However, the 20% capacity will make it more difficult for fans to secure tickets. The 55th Super Bowl is an important event; it will decide the league champion for the 2020 NFL season.