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Super Bowl LV To Have 25,000 Live Fans, 30,000 Cutouts In Tampa

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While it won’t be a normal Super Bowl Sunday, there will be at least a decent number of live fans — and an awful lot of cardboard cutouts — in the crowd at Raymond James Stadium when the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers go to battle in Super Bowl LV.

NFL.com reports that the “official” crowd count for Sunday should be about 55,000 — 25,000 fans and 30,000 cutouts.

That means the game will have the lowest attendance in Super Bowl history, which isn’t a shock considering that many teams this past season never had any fans at all due to the COVID pandemic.

The plan to allow fans to attend Super Bowl LV follows all public health guidelines, including those of the CDC, the Florida Department of Health, and area hospitals and health care systems.

7,500 of the fans in attendance Sunday will be vaccinated health-care workers, a move announced by the National Football League last week. These health care workers will attend the game for free and will be required to wear safety masks as they enter the stadium and during the game.

Prior to Sunday, the lowest attendance mark of any championship game was 61,946, which took place during the AFL-NFL World Championship Game back on January 15, 1967 when the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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