The league is contemplating decreasing Tremendous Bowl capability on account of COVID-19

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(Reuters) – The NFL said Wednesday it is looking into the possibility of reducing seating capacity to 20% at the Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida in February due to COVID-19.

The home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were expected to have nearly 75,000 spectators for the NFL championship game on Feb.7, would instead host between 13,000 and 15,000 fans, making it one of the most sought-after tickets in the sport, even harder to find, reported ESPN on Wednesday.

The NFL said it is refining its plans for the game, an annual media spectacle that draws thousands of fans to different host cities each year.

“There were 19 teams that were already authorized or authorized by authorities to host regular season games,” said a spokesman. “The average was around 20%, with fans sitting in pods and all wearing face covers.

“Among the scenarios we’re investigating there is capacity around that number, but we expect it can grow as we get closer to the game.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the NFL calendar as positive cases forced the schedule to be rearranged, leaving open the possibility of adding an 18th game week to the regular season.

The teams have to largely decide for themselves whether to allow fans on match days, as long as they comply with local and state regulations. In week 6, more than half of the weekend games had viewers.

The United States has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases recently, with the death toll reaching more than 227,000.

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