National Football League inviting 7,500 'heroes' to Super Bowl

National Football League inviting 7,500 'heroes' to Super Bowl

Coronavirus be damned - 22,000 people will get to sit and watch Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay next month. with 7,500 of those scheduled to be vaccinated health care workers.

There will also be what Goodell called "a variety of special moments" to honor health care workers in the stadium during the game and also on the television broadcast by CBS. The Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs face off this weekend in the AFC title game, and the Green Bay Packers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC championship.

The teams that will appear in Super Bowl LV, which is slated to take place on February 7, will be determined this Sunday by the winners of the conference championship games. "I applaud them for making safety their top priority, and for taking a thoughtful approach to make sure that the Super Bowl will be a safe and meaningful experience for fans and the Tampa Bay community", Florida state Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees said in a statement.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital, one of the largest public health-care systems in Florida, is just over an hour away from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., where the Super Bowl will be played. "We hope in a small way that this initiative will inspire our country and recognize these true American heroes".

They'll join an additional 14,500 fans at Raymond James Stadium, which will fill the venue to about a third of its capacity, to facilitate social distancing. "This is also an opportunity to promote the importance of vaccination and appropriate health practices, including wearing masks in public settings", Goodell said.

The Super Bowl will also be streamed for free on National Football League digital properties and on mobile via the participating teams' mobile properties along with Yahoo Sports and other Verizon Media mobile properties.

"I look forward to the positive impact this game will have on the Tampa Bay area, and my family and I can't wait for the big game!"

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