Super Bowl 2021 won’t have many fans in attendance

The first Super Bowl didn’t sell out, but Super Bowl 2021 might set the record for smallest crowd in attendance.

The NFL is planning for 20 percent seating capacity for the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., according to ESPN. Fans will be in pods separated by six feet and masks will be required in accordance with COVID-19 safety protocols.

The capacity is 65,890, so that would put slightly more than 13,000 fans in the building – instead of the anticipated 75,000 with additional temporary seating – at the end of a season played during a global pandemic.

The Buccaneers started allowing fans into their games earlier this month, with less than 6,383 on hand against the Chargers and 15,540 on hand against the Packers.

As expected, if enough regular-season games are postponed that a Week 18 needs to be added to the schedule for make-ups, the NFL will not delay the Super Bowl, according to ESPN. The solution on the table is to eliminate the bye week between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl, as has been done at times in the past.

Super Bowl I drew a crowd of 61,946 to the Los Angeles Coliseum on $6 and $12 tickets in 1967. It is the only Super Bowl not to sell out.

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