With the 2021 National Football League season coming to a close, the eyes of football fans are turning to the NFL playoffs.
As of this moment, the annual NFL Super Bowl is to be in Los Angeles, California, at SoFi Stadium. With the deadly COVID-19 pandemic still looming, however, NFL officials are making contingency plans. One such contingency plan could be moving the big game to a new location. Officials have discussed moving the Super Bowl to Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys, according to a report. An NFL spokesperson confirms that options for the Super Bowl location are in discussion.
“We plan on playing Super Bowl LVI as scheduled at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 13,” the spokesperson says. “As part of our standard contingency planning process that we conduct for all regular and postseason games, we have contacted several clubs to inquire about stadium availability in the event we cannot play the Super Bowl as scheduled due to weather-related issues or unforeseen circumstances. Our planning process for the Super Bowl in Los Angeles is ahead of schedule. And we look forward to hosting the Super Bowl there to culminate another fantastic NFL season for our fans and clubs.”
The NFL is exploring this option in the event that COVID-19 restrictions make hosting the Super Bowl a chore. The resurgence of the pandemic with the Omicron variant has recently cast doubt on various sporting events. As the Super Bowl is one of the most attended and watched events of the year, NFL officials are looking at all options.
NFL Regular Season Ending With Playoffs Straight Ahead
This upcoming weekend will mark the end of the NFL regular season as the annual playoffs will begin soon. There is more intrigue regarding the playoffs this year as seven teams from each division will make the cut. Formerly, only six teams from each conference participated in the annual NFL playoffs competition. Of course, the 14 playoff teams will be competing for a shot at the Lombardi. One of the most-watched sporting events of the year, the Super Bowl marks the official end of the NFL season as a champion is crowned. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will look to repeat as 13 other teams will try to dethrone the champs.
The Super Bowl generates millions of dollars for the NFL. It is easy to understand why the league is looking at every option. Currently, Los Angeles County does not have COVID-19 restrictions that would keep the Super Bowl from being played in a full stadium. With a new wave of infections, however, that could soon change.