Super Bowl LV
|Date||February 7, 2021|
|Stadium||Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida|
|National anthem||Eric Church & Jazmine Sullivan|
|Halftime show||The Weeknd|
|TV in the United States|
ESPN Deportes (Spanish language)
|Announcers||Jim Nantz (play-by-play)|
Tony Romo (analyst)
Tracy Wolfson, Evan Washburn and Jay Feely (sideline reporters)
Gene Steratore (rules analyst)
|Radio in the United States|
|Announcers||Kevin Harlan (play-by-play)|
Kurt Warner (color commentator)
Laura Okmin and Tony Boselli (sideline reporters)
Super Bowl LV, the 55th Super Bowl and the 51st modern-era National Football League (NFL) championship game, will decide the league champion for the 2020 NFL season. With pending developments on the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affects the 2020 season, the game is scheduled to be played on February 7, 2021, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. This will be the fifth Super Bowl hosted by the Tampa area and the third held at Raymond James Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by CBS. It will be the fourth time that the Super Bowl was in the same state in back-to-back years, since Super Bowl LIV took place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Host city selection process
On May 19, 2015, the league announced the five finalists for hosting Super Bowl LIII in 2019 and Super Bowl LIV in 2020. NFL team owners voted on these cities on May 24 2016, with the first round of voting to determine the host for Super Bowl LIII, and the second round deciding the site for Super Bowl LIV. In a development not known in advance, a third round of voting was added to select a Super Bowl LV hosting site. Atlanta and Miami were awarded Super Bowls LIII and LIV respectively, removing them from the running for LV. Los Angeles was not eligible for Super Bowl LIII, as their stadium was under construction and would not yet be finished; it was eligible for LIV and LV, and opted to bid only on the latter.
The two candidates were:
- Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida: Tampa has hosted four Super Bowls, the last being Super Bowl XLIII in 2009.
- SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California: Los Angeles has hosted the Super Bowl seven times, most recently in 1993 with Super Bowl XXVII; that game, along with the four prior Super Bowls in the area, was held at the Rose Bowl while the first two Super Bowls in the Los Angeles area were held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Los Angeles was originally chosen as the host site for Super Bowl LV in a vote on May 24, 2016. However, due to construction delays, authorities announced that the stadium would not be completed until the start of the 2020 NFL season. On May 23, 2017, NFL owners voted unanimously, with the Rams' approval, to move Super Bowl LV to Tampa. The City of Inglewood will instead host Super Bowl LVI in 2022.
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
As of the start of the 2020 NFL season, the league had forbidden on-field entertainment, such as halftime shows and national anthem performances at games with spectators. These elements, which have historically been cornerstones of the Super Bowl entertainment, would be produced off-site if restrictions remain in place. On November 12, it was announced that the Weeknd was to perform at the halftime show.
The state of Florida removed capacity restrictions for sporting events in October, although the three Florida-based teams have voluntarily maintained 20-25% capacity limits. As of late October 2020, the NFL was planning a minimum attendance of 20% of capacity, in hopes that a larger capacity would be possible by game day. On January 22, 2021, the NFL announced that the game would have 22,000 fans in attendance, 7,500 of whom would be healthcare workers who had received the COVID-19 vaccine, primarily from the Tampa and central Florida region.
The traditional events held during Super Bowl week are likely to be significantly reduced, and the two participating teams will fly into Tampa only a day or two before the game like during the regular season instead of holding practices during the entire week in the Super Bowl host city.
Super Bowl LV will be televised by CBS. Although NBC was to air this game under the current rotation, they traded the game to CBS in exchange for Super Bowl LVI, which falls during the 2022 Winter Olympics and is the first to be scheduled during an ongoing Olympic Games (this also upholds a gentleman's agreement between the NFL's broadcasters to not counterprogram the Super Bowl, as NBC also holds the U.S. broadcast rights to the Olympics). CBS will, to an extent, also benefit from holding rights to the Super Bowl in the same year that it holds rights to the NCAA Final Four, which is cycled with WarnerMedia Entertainment channels on a two-year cycle with TBS, as well as the AFC Championship Game in primetime, which contractually alternates between afternoon and primetime on a two-year cycle with the NFC Championship Game on Fox.
Subscription streaming platform DAZN will also stream the Super Bowl.
Super Bowl LV had seven officials. The numbers in parentheses below indicate their uniform numbers.
- Referee: Carl Cheffers (51)
- Umpire: Fred Bryan (11)
- Down judge: Sarah Thomas (53)
- Line judge: Rusty Baynes (59)
- Field judge: James Coleman (95)
- Side judge: Eugene Hall (103)
- Back judge: Dino Paganelli (105)
- Replay official: Mike Wimmer
- Replay assistant: Sean McKee
- Referee: Shawn Smith (14)
- Umpire: Ramon George (128)
- Down judge: Jerod Phillips (6)
- Line judge: Mark Steinkerchner (84)
- Field judge: Tom Hill (97)
- Side judge: Jabir Walker (26)
- Back judge: Brad Freeman (88)
- Replay official: Mark Butterworth
Sarah Thomas is the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl.
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