Carrie Underwood kicked off her eighth season this weekend as the musical artist who opens up NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Underwood crushes her performance throughout the theme song “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” a rendition of Joan Jett’s “I Hate Myself for Loving You.”
Underwood’s flashy opening makes the singer look larger than life, and includes footage of fans watching at home – a sign of the times. The country superstar towers over city skylines in the one minute and 30 second video, while images of the Sunday night matchup’s teams are highlighted. For example, in Week 1 of the NFL season, the Los Angeles Rams faced off against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.
This is far from a normal NFL season, and the new Sunday Night Football theme touches on just that. It shows multiple fans at home enjoying a Sunday night game as Carrie Underwood sings – since that is many fans only option these days.
NFL Attendance Looks A Little Different in 2020
Teams have adjusted their attendance policies due to the ongoing COVID -19 pandemic in the U.S. Fans are absent from the majority of stadiums, but some are allowing a limited number of fans to enter. However, the fans are spread out all over the stadium to watch in a socially distanced way.
Teams like the Carolina Panthers and L.A. Rams did not let fans into their stadiums for Week 1. And the majority of the league followed suit. In contrast, the Miami Dolphins allowed up to 13,000 fans to attend. A handful of other teams are allowing limited seating. The Jacksonville Jaguars likely had the highest league attendance. They allowed 25 percent capacity in their 67,164 seat stadium. If the limited capacity is filled, TIAA Bank Field would welcome around 17,000 fans.
NBC isn’t the only network to revamp their theme song. ESPN’s Monday Night Football returned with an entirely different theme song for the 2020 season. The late Little Richard’s “Rip It Up,” performed with the band Butcher Brown, replaces Hank Williams Jr.’s long-running “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight.”
[H/T Rolling Stone]