Super Bowl LV could really be played in an empty stadium
The Super Bowl is the biggest sporting event that occurs annually. Millions of fans watch the game at home and thousands of people from across the globe attend the big game. But could the COVID-19 pandemic leader to Super Bowl LV being played in an empty stadium?
As the NFL makes plans to hold a full season on schedule in 2020, the league is discussing many contingency plans to account for the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the possibilities, if the coronavirus delivers a second wave, could see the league take drastic steps to preserve Super Bowl LV.
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One NFL source suggested to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman that the NFL might need to consider not allowing any fans at the stadium for Super Bowl LV if things get worse. While the upcoming Super Bowl will be held in Florida, which is opening up to all sports despite the pandemic, the NFL might need to think about the worst-case scenario.
Many medical experts believe there could be a second wave of the coronavirus in the winter, which would lead to countless more people testing positive for the virus and the United States suffering a major setback. Given no vaccine is expected for at least a year, there is a risk that strict stay-at-home orders and bans on mass gatherings could return in 2021.
The NFL has also considered moving the championship game back, potentially into March. The league has an agreement in place with Tampa to allow the NFL to use Raymond James Stadium to host the Super Bowl on different dates in February.
Fortunately, everyone around the league remains confident for the time being that some NFL fans will be able to attend games this season. If the worst-case scenario happens, though, it’s smart for the NFL to prepare for it.