TAMPA, Fla. — In September, Gov. Ron DeSantis talked about a full crowd in Raymond James Stadium for February's Super Bowl.
What You Need To Know
- Super Bowl scheduled for Tampa in February
- Tampa Mayor Castor says city will present great environment despite circumstances
- NFL says things could change again based on COVID-19
On Wednesday, the National Football League said it is considering a limited audience in the stadium for the Super Bowl.
The Buccaneers' home stadium is hosting the title game, scheduled for Feb. 7.
Mayor Jane Castor said the city will be prepared for the challenge.
“We are looking forward to presenting the best Super Bowl ever under the most difficult circumstances," she said. “We would really love to make the best of the opportunity and make all of our small businesses, our restaurants, our hotels, our big businesses, everybody to be able to participate and benefit financially.”
With the NFL planning to limit capacity to 20 percent in the 65,000-plus stadium, that would allow for a little more than 13,000 fans for the game, according to ESPN. Social distancing and masks will be required.
However, NFL officials said all of that could change depending on the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in February.
“We’re working closely with the NFL and local public health and government officials to determine what capacity will be," said Tampa Bay Sports Commission CEO and President Rob Higgins.
"It’s not known at this time. We know that the numbers will evolve over the next few months," he said. "We’ll be following conditions in the county and the state, and the NFL will make a determination based on approvals locally. Clubs across the league — including the Bucs — are starting to include more and more fans into stadiums, but are not currently at full capacity."
Castor also made a bold prediction as it relates to the 5-2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"This will be the first time an NFL has ever one the Super Bowl trophy in their own back yard. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to win the Super Bowl," she said.