For the NFL and the organizers, the Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles is not an option, despite the increasing number of corona infected people in the area.
The National Football League and local organizers made that clear a month before the Feb. 13 game. “All of our plans for the Super Bowl remain unchanged,” said NFL director Katie Keenan. “We’re working with everyone here, with the LA Department of Health, to make sure all of our events are safe.”
At the 56th edition of the Super Bowl, the final for the NFL championship will be played in the southern California metropolis for the eighth time. The first Super Bowl at the downtown Coliseum went to the Green Bay Packers in 1967.
Opened in 2020, SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, an independent city south of the LA city limits, is home to the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers. For the 17 games this season, there was a vaccination and mask requirement for visitors, but both teams consistently exhausted the capacity of the stadium, which holds more than 70,000 spectators. Only a few universities in Southern California recently limited the capacity of their home games, but did so on their own initiative.
The NFL playoffs begin next weekend. The Rams are still at it and could play in their Super Bowl stadium like defending champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers did last year.