Super Bowl LV will have fans in attendance, according to an announcement from the NFL released Friday morning. Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay will have approximately 22,000 in the building for the game, which takes place in early February. That amounts to roughly 1/3 the full capacity of the building, allowing for social distancing protocols to be observed amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
As part of its announcement, NFL also indicated that 7,500 of those fans in attendance will be vaccinated healthcare workers, a move said to honor and thank them for their hard work and sacrifices during the pandemic.
“We can’t thank you enough and we hope that this program will be a small way to celebrate you, honor you, and most importantly thank you,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell said.
The NFL is inviting 7,500 vaccinated health care workers to attend Super Bowl LV to thank and honor them for their continued extraordinary service during the pandemic.
— NFL (@NFL) January 22, 2021
This weekend will see the matchup set for Super Bowl LV, as Kansas City and Buffalo battle for the AFC Championship and Green Bay takes on Tampa Bay for the NFC Championship.
The capacity and frontline worker decisions mean that approximately 14,500 tickets are left for the remaining crowd, which will likely mean record-shattering prices for the limited inventory that will be accessible to the general public after league insiders and corporate sponsors see their share. Plus, there exists the possibility that Tampa will see a hometown team advance, with the Tom Brady-led Buccaneers one game shy of the feat.
As of Friday afternoon, a get-in price for tickets to Super Bowl LV at Ticket Club stands at an astonishing $9,556. That’s inclusive of service fees for members of the marketplace, with prices reaching well past $20,000 per seat for more premium locations due to the scarcity of inventory.
Florida has long pushed for maximum capacity at the Super Bowl, which generally brings in enormous tourism revenue for the host city. Governor Ron DeSantis pushed reopening back in September, and was openly critical of the Buccaneers not taking advantage of higher capacity limits than much of the NFL was allowing as the season got underway. However, with the pandemic continuing to take its toll in Florida and the rest of the country, the decision was made to limit capacity.
With an attendance so limited, Super Bowl LV will be – by a wide margin – the most sparsely attended Super Bowl in league history. Only five Super Bowls have seen attendance of fewer than 70,000 fans, with the record low at Super Bowl I in Los Angeles standing at more than 60,000.