The current plan for Super Bowl 2021 calls for 20 percent capacity at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, with plenty of social distancing and COVID-19 mitigation.
As reported by several outlets, the NFL is moving forward with a seating plan that does not assume any changes in COVID-19 transmission rates, a potential vaccine or the need to vary from current best practices. That means we will see a crowd of just over 13,000, which would be the smallest Super Bowl crowd ever. (Of course, that record will surely be accompanied by an asterisk.) Super Bowl I was the only Super Bowl game not to sell out, with a crowd of 61,946 at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
Tampa Bay has hosted fans at two Raymond James Stadium games this NFL season, so the protocols and physical arrangements are already set.