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Super Bowl to Host 22,000 Fans

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It received’t fairly be the standard full home, however 22,000 seats, or roughly 30 % of capability, might be stuffed on the Tremendous Bowl in Tampa, Fla., the N.F.L. mentioned Friday.

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About 7,500 of these seats might be occupied by well being care staff who’re being given free tickets by the league. These attendees will all have been vaccinated for the coronavirus, the league mentioned, and most will come from the Tampa space although the league will even allot tickets to staff from different N.F.L. cities.

The league mentioned that it will promote 14,500 tickets to the sport, set for Feb. 7, with the patrons chosen by lottery, as in regular years, with ticket allocations for each N.F.L. staff. That whole doesn’t embrace about 2,000 seats in luxurious suites at Raymond James Stadium, the positioning of this 12 months’s Tremendous Bowl. Followers seated there is not going to be required to be vaccinated.

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All through the pandemic-hit season, attendance figures diversified from venue to venue, relying on native tips. In some cities, a major variety of followers have been admitted: Dallas led the league with a mean of 28,187 followers at its eight residence video games, adopted by Jacksonville and Tampa Bay. However 13 of the 32 groups didn’t permit followers at any video games.

N.F.L. groups drew 1.2 million followers to attend video games within the common season, properly under the conventional whole of 17 million.

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All followers who attended N.F.L. video games this season have been required to put on masks, and have been stored aside in seating “pods,” insurance policies that can proceed on the Tremendous Bowl. Tremendous Bowl attendees might be given masks and hand sanitizer, the league mentioned.

The attendance this 12 months can be the smallest within the historical past of the Tremendous Bowl, an occasion that in strange years may undoubtedly promote out many occasions over. The earlier low was 61,946 on the Coliseum in Los Angeles for the primary sport in 1967, when it was nonetheless generally known as the A.F.L.-N.F.L. World Championship Recreation.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers journey to face the Inexperienced Bay Packers within the N.F.C. championship on Sunday with an opportunity to play in a house Tremendous Bowl. The winner of that sport will meet the A.F.C. champion, which might be determined in Sunday’s sport between the Buffalo Payments and Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.

No staff has ever performed a Tremendous Bowl of their residence stadium, although in 1985 the San Francisco 49ers performed Tremendous Bowl XIX at Stanford Stadium in close by Palo Alto, Calif., and in 1980 the Los Angeles Rams performed Tremendous Bowl XIV within the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

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Ken Belson contributed reporting.

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