INGLEWOOD, Calif. (TBEN/TBEN) – With the Super Bowl a month away, preparations are in full swing for the NFL’s premier event to return to the place where it all began.
And NFL officials and local organizers say the championship game isn’t leaving the Los Angeles area.
The NFL has no plans to move the Super Bowl to Arlington, Texas, or anywhere else despite the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and accompanying health precautions in California, multiple officials confirmed on Thursday the 13th. January at SoFi Stadium during a media event. held to mark one month until the 56th Super Bowl on February 13.
“All of our plans for Super Bowl week remain fully in place for a month from today,” said Katie Keenan, senior director of event operations for the NFL. “We’re working with everyone here, with the LA County Health Department, to make sure all of our events run safely.”
The first Super Bowl was held at the Coliseum in downtown Los Angeles in January 1967.
The 56th edition will be held for the first time at the 2-year-old stadium of Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke, which opened in the summer of 2020 just south of Los Angeles with a unique interior-exterior design that includes both a translucent roof and strong airflow from the open ends above the low bowl.
There was some excitement in North Texas earlier this month when the NFL explored the possibility of using the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium as a backup Super Bowl venue, apparently in case the rules on coronaviruses in California would prevent the league from holding a Super Bowl here.
The NFL later confirmed that it finds backup sites for the Super Bowl every year, and that it has no serious concerns about its ability to stage the game in Inglewood.
Several California universities severely limited fan attendance at indoor sporting events in January after a series of coronavirus-related postponements.
But those decisions were made by universities rather than by state mandate, and Southern California’s professional sports teams haven’t followed suit, with the Rams and Chargers hosting full houses in January.
Kevin Demoff, Rams chief operating officer, noted that SoFi had extensive coronavirus safety protocols in place for the 17 regular-season games played at the stadium by the Rams and Chargers.
Those precautions are still in place Monday night for the first playoff game in stadium history when the fourth-seeded Rams (12-5) host the Arizona Cardinals (11-6).
“I don’t think anyone has ever hesitated to be able to play this game here and play it safely,” Demoff said. “We had an incredible and safe environment all year round. We are lucky that it is an outdoor installation where the air comes in. We consider this building to be very safe. People who come to our games have learned to be safe, and we are doing everything we can to be safe. »
(© Copyright 2022 TBEN Broadcasting Inc. All rights reserved. The The Bharat Express News contributed to this report.)
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