The NFL is determined to play a full season and not let the coronavirus pandemic cut short the 2020 season.
But with spikes in case numbers across the country, many wonder whether that will be possible.
And now the NFL made one major decision about the Super Bowl that no one saw coming.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell attended the Tampa Bay Buccaneer home game this past Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings in which the Buccaneers won 26-14.
Goodell was in town because Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium is the scheduled site for Super Bowl 55, which is set for February 7.
So far, the coronavirus has not delayed the league’s overall schedule, so the game is set to kick off on the intended date.
But the big question the NFL is facing is will there be fans in the stands for the Super Bowl?
In a Zoom call with the media following the game, Goodell made it clear that there will be fans in attendance for the Super Bowl, but that the capacity limit will be set by the level of the outbreak at the time of the game and in conjunction with local health officials.
Pro Football Talk reported:
Goodell will be back in Tampa for Super Bowl LV and the question of how many fans will be in attendance for that contest came up during the call. The NFL denied a report in October that the capacity would be 20 percent of the usual total and Goodell said on Monday that they have yet to set a number.
Per multiple reporters, Goodell said that the league wants to have as many fans in the stadium as will be safe and that the league is still working to figure out what that number will be. That process involves speaking with local health officials and will be impacted by the rates of infection in the coming weeks.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis turned in one of the best performances of any elected official in America in handing the virus.
DeSantis rejected mask mandates and reopened his state’s economy.
So Americans will see a Super Bowl with some level of fans in the stands.
The only question is how many.
Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.