Although Super Bowl LVI is scheduled to take place on Feb. 13 at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, the state’s COVID-19 restrictions may put a damper on the likelihood of that happening
As The Daily Wire reported, that news prompted Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott (R) to offer up his state to the NFL as an alternative venue for one of the biggest sporting draws in the country.
“Texas is 100% OPEN,” the governor said in a Jan. 6 tweet, adding, “We would welcome the NFL & their fans to the Lone Star State.”
Arlington a backup site
Along with his message, Abbott included a link to a story from Outkick which stated that there have been talks about moving the venue.
“The Cowboys and the league have reportedly had preliminary discussions about AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas serving as an emergency site to host the event, amid COVID-19 restrictions in California,” the article noted.
However, NFL Vice President of Communications Brian McCarthy issued a statement quoted by France 24 which said that the league is still planning to hold the game in California.
“We plan on playing Super Bowl LVI as scheduled at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 13,” McCarthy said.
“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,” he continued.
“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 show goes on
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health told Yahoo Sports contributor Jeff Eisenberg that it did not foresee seating capacity as being an issue.
“We are working closely with the NFL to welcome the Super Bowl to L.A. County,” the public health agency explained. “And while we cannot provide certainty for the future, we do not anticipate capacity limits at sporting events.”
On Wednesday, reporter Ashley Zavala quoted California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly as saying, “I want to be clear, the Super Bowl is coming to Los Angeles.”