NFL invites 7,500 vaccinated health workers to Super Bowl LV
NFL plans to invite healthcare workers from 32 NFL cities to Super Bowl LV, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Friday.
About 7,500 vaccinated healthcare workers will receive free Super Bowl tickets and game experiences directly from the league to honor them for their continued extraordinary service amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The majority of these health workers – all of whom will have received both doses of the vaccine – will come from hospitals and health systems in the Tampa area and central Florida, but the 32 NFL clubs will select health workers. vaccinated from their communities. to attend the Super Bowl in Tampa Bay on Sunday, February 7.
The NFL will also recognize health heroes across the country through a variety of special moments both in the stadium and during CBS airing.
“These dedicated healthcare workers continue to put their own lives at risk to serve others, and we owe them our continued gratitude,” Goodell said in a statement.
“We hope this initiative inspires our country and recognizes these true American heroes. It is also an opportunity to promote the importance of vaccination and appropriate health practices, in particular the wearing of masks in public places. “
There will also be 14,500 additional fans in attendance at Raymond James Stadium.
The announcement follows the NFL’s discussions with public health officials, including the CDC, the Florida Department of Health, hospitals and health systems in the region.
The Super Bowl plans improve on already stringent COVID-19 protocols implemented by NFL clubs that have hosted more than 1.2 million fans in 116 games throughout the regular season and playoffs. Protocols include mandatory mask wear, social distancing and other measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
This includes pod seats, non-contact stadium experiences in concessions, washrooms and security checkpoints, as well as controlled entry, according to an NFL press release.
“Florida is proud to host Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa to crown the champion of an unprecedented NFL season,” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said in a statement.
“On behalf of Floridians and football fans across the country, I want to thank the many men and women who worked hard to make this game a reality, especially our frontline health workers who worked tirelessly over the past year to keep people safe I can’t wait to see the positive impact this game will have on the Tampa Bay area, and my family and I can’t wait to see the big game.
This will be the fifth Super Bowl staged in Tampa, which also hosted games in 1984, 1991, 2001, and 2009.