Update January 25th: Super Bowl LV Chief Operating Officer Claire Lessinger joined us at DK Nation to talk about where to go and what to do if you’re coming to Tampa for the Super Bowl as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Kansas City Chiefs. We also discuss how to get tickets, what precautions are being taken due to COVID-19, and more!
Attendance policy update: The NFL announced on Friday it plans on having approximately 22,000 fans in attendance at Super Bowl 55 in Tampa. This group will include 14,500 ticket buyers and approximately 7,500 vaccinated health care workers who will be invited as guests of the league. Each of the 32 NFL teams will select vaccinated health care workers from their communities to attend the game.
The 2021 Super Bowl LV will take place in Tampa, Florida at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday February 7th. We know it will be the AFC vs. the NFC and we know when the game will take place, but we don’t know the specific teams yet. We’ll find that out this coming weekend with the AFC and NFC Championship games.
It will be the fifth Super Bowl Tampa has hosted, the previous ones in 1984 and 1991 (the Scott Norwood/Whitney Houston National Anthem game) at Tampa Stadium, and 2001 and 2009 at Ray Jay.
Since the last one in Tampa, there’s a brand new Riverwalk built downtown that connects all parts of the core of the city. It’s helped revitalize an area where there wasn’t much nighttime activity before, and takes advantage of the Hillsborough River feeding into Tampa Bay with gorgeous sunsets and terrific weather. Especially in the winter when it’s not too hot, so it’s a good year to have the game in a tropical climate, as most of the activities will be outside.
The Super Bowl Experience will take place all along the 2.6 mile Riverwalk, but will be centered at Julian B. Lane Park right in the heart of downtown. It’s free this year, but fans will need to download the NFL OnePass app.
The stadium sits a few miles west of town, but is easily reached via I-275 from where most of the activity will be. And especially because attendance will be very limited, getting to the game shouldn’t be much of an issue for those with a ticket.
Though no official attendance policies have been announced, it looks like at least some vaccinated health care workers will be able to attend.
Earlier today, Commissioner Roger Goodell sent this letter to Rob Higgins, President of the Tampa Super Bowl Host Committee: pic.twitter.com/Yo0pGjwt2d— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 16, 2020
Roger Goodell still hasn’t made any decisions as of yet, and we’ll add them here when they’re available.
This should be a nice change from the usual stuffed shirts and corporate big wigs taking all the good seats at the biggest game of the year. But for those taking their private jets to the game, they’ll be able to get in and out in seconds as the airport is a stones throw from the home team’s sideline.