This year’s Super Bowl is set to be held at the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, February 13. However, there are reports that other stadiums are being contacted about their potential availability.
The NFL frequently approaches multiple other teams about Super Bowl alternate venues in the event of an emergency, so a potential change of locations is not unheard of.
“As part of our standard contingency planning process that we conduct for all regular and postseason games, we have contacted several clubs to inquire about stadium availability in the event we cannot play the Super Bowl as scheduled due to weather-related issues or unforeseen circumstances,” said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy.
The officials at AT&T Stadium have been contacted by the NFL to see if they could serve as a backup in February, and they replied that the Cowboys’ home stadium will be available that month if necessary.
Super Bowl preparation against COVID-19
In December alone, 521 players from NFL teams tested positive for COVID-19, representing one in every four elements in the league. Over the course of the 2020 season, the NFL reported 300 cases. In addition, The United States set a new world record on Tuesday by reporting one million COVID-19 infections.
The SoFi Stadium is a covered space, despite the fact that it isn’t officially an arena due to its translucent vents and open sides. And because of the near proximity of the crowd, LA officials are likely to classify the game as an indoor event.
To tackle the pandemic, Los Angeles County has implemented some of the strongest public health policies in the country. Last year, these policies forced the Rose Bowl to be relocated from Pasadena to the same AT&T Stadium in Texas.
A number of additional high-profile events in Southern California, like the Grammy Awards and Golden Globes, have also been canceled or scaled back due to the COVID situation.
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Officials still optimistic for Super Bowl in LA
With the new COVID limitations becoming reality everywhere due to the rising cases of the Omicron variant, the NFL might be pushed to put their backup plan into motion. But, for the time being, fans are being advised to keep it cool and anticipate a fantastic Super Bowl in Los Angeles.
“I’m confident that will happen here, that we’ll be able to have great Super Bowl celebration,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said during a news conference
Dr. Mark Ghaly, the Secretary of the California Department of Health and Human Services, had also joined in with an encouraging message for Angelenos the day before.
“Let me just be abundantly clear that the Super Bowl is coming to L.A. I think Californians are excited to see that event occur,” Ghaly said.
According to Ghaly, officials are dedicated to ensuring that the festivities can go as scheduled while still keeping it safe.
“I know L.A. County is closely in contact with the NFL to make sure that strategies are put in place to ensure that people can enjoy this important event while making sure that we put things in place that allow COVID mitigation to be an important feature of the approach to that game that is just over a month away,” he said.