Super Bowl LV is happening February 7, 2021
Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. EST at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are taking on the Kansas City Chiefs.
Our hometown Tampa Bay Bucs are heading to their second Super Bowl. Meanwhile, the defending champs from KC are returning to the Super Bowl for the second consecutive year and their fourth time ever.
Super Bowl LV marks the first time in history that one of the competing teams will be playing at their home stadium.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers get the home field advantage in one for the record books at Ray Jay.
This is Tampa Bay’s fifth time hosting the Super Bowl
It’s become an NFL favorite thanks to its beautiful winter weather, accommodation and friendliness. Read more about the region’s previous Super Bowl hosting gigs here.
Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan will perform The Star-Spangled Banner
Church is a Grammy-nominated country singer-songwriter best known for songs like “Springsteen.” Sullivan is a Grammy-nominated R&B singer whose song “Bust Your Windows” was a Billboard Top 40 hit. They’ll perform the national anthem together, though it’s unclear if it will be as a duet or if Church will accompany Sullivan on guitar.
H.E.R. will perform America The Beautiful
Before the anthem, the singer, songwriter and guitar virtuoso H.E.R. will perform this additional ode to the nation.
The Weeknd will perform the halftime show
The R&B singer had a massive year with his hit song “Blinding Lights” and album After Hours. He’s expected to have a number of special guests during his performance.
Only 22,000 fans will be allowed into Raymond James Stadium for the game
Of that total, 7,500 will be vaccinated healthcare workers, primarily from around the Tampa Bay area. The NFL says the game will include tributes to healthcare workers who served during the pandemic.
Super Bowl LV tickets start at $10,000 on the secondary market
According to the ticket reselling platform TicketIQ, as of January 26, the cheapest seats in the house are going for $10,151, making this the highest get-in price since 2010, when TicketIQ started tracking prices. Also, there are fewer than 500 seats available on the secondary market.
Fans can participate in the free NFL Super Bowl Experience
Along the Tampa Riverwalk, fans can visit the “interactive football theme park” from January 29 to February 6 (it will be closed February 1 and 2). Visitors can virtually meet players and NFL legends, take pictures with the Lombardi trophy, shop merchandise, participate in interactive activities and see all 54 Super Bowl rings up close and personal. To maintain social distancing, you must download the NFL OnePass app to book a session time. Also, masks are required. Activities will be happening at Julian B. Lane Park, Curtis Hixon Park, MacDill Park and Sparkman Wharf. CBS will be headquartered at Armature Works during Super Bowl week.
The Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee is committed to giving back
Through its Forever 55 campaign, the committee is giving back to all sorts of causes in the Tampa Bay area, leaving a legacy long beyond the game. To name a few, its greening efforts helped clean up shorelines on Picnic Island and at Maximo and Mosaic parks, while a $2 million grant to the American Cancer Society is targeted at helping at-risk local families with limited access to cancer screenings get the care they need to stay healthy, and the Super Kids-Super Sharing program is getting sports equipment, school supplies and games to 4,500 local kids.
Tampa Bay is taking a stand against human trafficking
Each year, the Super Bowl brings a lot of attention to the issue of human trafficking, and this year, the NFL, players and Florida attorney general Ashley Moody partnered with the organization It’s A Penalty to launch a global campaign fighting the issue. Tampa International Airport has been decked out with digital signage and an art installation educating travelers about human trafficking, which can see an uptick around large events.