01/22 11:29 CST NFL giving free Super Bowl tickets to 7,500 health workers
NFL giving free Super Bowl tickets to 7,500 health workers
By CURT ANDERSON
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) --- The NFL announced Friday that 7,500 health care
workers vaccinated for the coronavirus will be given free tickets to next
month's Super Bowl to be played in Tampa, Florida.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also said in a news release that attendance at
the Feb. 7 game would be limited to those workers and about 14,500 other fans.
Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has a capacity of just
under 66,000, according to its website.
Most of the health care workers who will get free game tickets will come from
the Tampa Bay area and central Florida, Goodell said. But he added that all 32
NFL teams will choose some workers from their cities to attend the game.
"These dedicated health care workers continue to put their own lives at risk to
serve others, and we owe them our ongoing gratitude," Goodell said. "We hope in
a small way that this initiative will inspire our country and recognize these
true American heroes."
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.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said the NFL's decision is a perfect way to honor
health care workers at such a high-profile event.
"Our country has endured to much over the last year and we can't lose sight of
those who worked day in and day out to keep us safe," Castor said in the NFL
As with NFL games throughout the season, the Super Bowl will include mandatory
wearing of masks, social distancing, touchless concession stands and controlled
entry and exits. The NFL had about 1.2 million fans attend 116 games so far
during the regular season and playoffs, Goodell said.
This Sunday's two conference championships will determine which teams meet in
the Super Bowl. Tampa Bay travels to face the Green Bay Packers in the NFC,
while the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs host the Buffalo Bills in the
If Tampa Bay wins, the Buccaneers will be the first team ever to play in a
Super Bowl on their home field.