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Super Bowl Will Honor Essential Workers:7,500 Vaccinated Health Care Workers To Be In Attendance

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Friday that the NFL is inviting approximately 7,500 vaccinated health care workers to Super Bowl LV as guests. A “thank you” for all of their hard work throughout the pandemic.

"These dedicated health care workers continue to put their own lives at risk to serve others, and we owe them our ongoing gratitude. We hope in a small way that this initiative will inspire our country and recognize these true American heroes." says Goodell

This will be a show dedicated to the essential workers from start to finish. Goodell teases “special moments” that will take place throughout the broadcast to honor healthcare workers.

The Super Bowl will have the same protocols as the games that took place over the season. Mandatory wearing of masks, social distancing, touchless concession stands and controlled entry and exits.

During the season, The NFL had about 1.2 million fans attend 116 games so far according to Goodell.

There will be additional fans in the audience, allegedly 14,500.

According to the NFL, "the Center of Disease Control, the Florida Department of Health and area hospitals and health care systems "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 game is set to take place February 7th, at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The stadium has a capacity of just under 66,000, according to its website .

Florida is determined to bring live entertainment back to the state. World Wrestling Entertainment announced this week that its major show WrestleMania (which is set to take place at Raymond James Stadium as well) will also have fans in attendance.

“We applaud the NFL for honoring health care workers and promoting vaccine acceptance around Super Bowl LV. We are pleased to support their planning efforts to create a safe and enjoyable event for all attendees, and we look forward to a successful Super Bowl in Tampa Bay.” – says John Couris, President and CEO, Tampa General Hospital