The National Football League will allow 22,000 fans at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., and 7,500 vaccinated health care workers are among the total approved by state health officials.
The league were planning on brining in these 7,500 vaccinated health care workers and combined that mission with the existing stadium plan in Tampa. Free tickets to the Super Bowl for health care workers at an average ticket price of just over $2,400 equates to more than $18 million.
“I am the son of a nurse and all of you have a very special place in my heart,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said during a surprise video conference with health care workers at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida. “I’ve seen the work that you do. My mom used to talk about it all day. It’s just extraordinary work and and we owe you our ongoing gratitude.”
“I want to personally invite each member of your team … to be our guest at the Super Bowl,” Goodell then told the excited hospital workers, some wiping away tears.
The NFL made the decision “following discussions with public health officials, including the CDC, the Florida Department of Health, and area hospitals and health care systems,” according to a press release.
Super Bowl LV is scheduled to take place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on Sunday, February 7. The stadium has an existing capacity of 65,000 with the potential to add more than 5,000 seats.
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