NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the NFL is inviting approximately 7,500 vaccinated health care workers to Super Bowl LV in Tampa on February 7 to thank and honor them for their extraordinary service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The majority of these health care workers – all of whom will have received both doses of the vaccine – will come from hospitals and health care systems in the Tampa and central Florida areas. In addition, all 32 NFL clubs will also select vaccinated health care workers from their communities to attend the Super Bowl. They will receive free Super Bowl tickets from the NFL and enjoy the gameday experiences.
The NFL will also recognize health care heroes around the country during the CBS broadcast of the game and at the stadium.
"These dedicated health care workers continue to put their own lives at risk to serve others, and we owe them our ongoing gratitude," said Goodell. "We hope in a small way that this initiative will inspire our country and recognize these true American heroes. This is also an opportunity to promote the importance of vaccination and appropriate health practices, including wearing masks in public settings."
The league also announced that an additional 14,500 fans will attend the game at Raymond James Stadium.
The announcement was made following discussions with public health officials, including the CDC, the Florida Department of Health, and area hospitals and health care systems. The officials reviewed and provided feedback on the NFL's comprehensive plans that will enable the league to host fans and the vaccinated health care workers in a safe and responsible way.
The NFL’s Super Bowl plans enhance the already rigorous COVID-19 protocols implemented by NFL clubs that hosted more than 1.2 million fans at 116 games throughout the 2020-21 regular season and playoffs. These protocols include mandatory mask-wearing, social-distancing and other measures to prevent the spread of the virus. At Super Bowl LV, this includes podded seating, touchless in-stadium experiences at concessions, restrooms, security checkpoints and controlled entry and exit.