ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The NFL introduced Friday that 7,500 well being care staff vaccinated for the coronavirus can be given free tickets to subsequent month’s Tremendous Bowl to be performed in Tampa, Florida.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell additionally mentioned in a information launch that attendance on the Feb. 7 recreation could be restricted to these staff and about 14,500 different followers. Raymond James Stadium, residence of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has a capability of just below 66,000, in response to its web site.
Many of the well being care staff who will get free recreation tickets will come from the Tampa Bay space and central Florida, Goodell mentioned. However he added that each one 32 NFL groups will select some staff from their cities to attend the sport.
“These devoted well being care staff proceed to place their very own lives in danger to serve others, and we owe them our ongoing gratitude,” Goodell mentioned. “We hope in a small means that this initiative will encourage our nation and acknowledge these true American heroes.”
There can even be what Goodell known as “quite a lot of particular moments” to honour well being care staff within the stadium in the course of the recreation and likewise on the tv broadcast by CBS.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor mentioned the NFL’s choice is an ideal method to honour well being care staff at such a high-profile occasion.
“Our nation has endured to a lot over the past yr and we will not lose sight of those that labored day in and day trip to maintain us protected,” Castor mentioned within the NFL launch.
As with NFL video games all through the season, the Tremendous Bowl will embrace obligatory sporting of masks, social distancing, touchless concession stands and managed entry and exits. The NFL had about 1.2 million followers attend 116 video games to date in the course of the common season and playoffs, Goodell mentioned.
This Sunday’s two convention championships will decide which groups meet within the Tremendous Bowl. Tampa Bay travels to face the Inexperienced Bay Packers within the NFC, whereas the defending champion Kansas Metropolis Chiefs host the Buffalo Payments within the AFC.
If Tampa Bay wins, the Buccaneers would be the first staff ever to play in a Tremendous Bowl on their residence discipline.