Can restrictions from California cause the NFL to move SB LVI?

The 64th annual Grammy Awards show, scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on January 31, was postponed on Wednesday due to health and safety issues related to COVID-19 increases associated with the highly contagious Omicron variant.

Currently, the Super Bowl LVI is set to take place at SoFi Stadium, home of the NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams, on February 13th. However, according to Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk, the league has already explored alternative venues for the championship game.

The Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium is among the options for the Super Bowl LVI if the NFL has to make a last-minute adjustment due to pandemic-related restrictions in California.

“We plan to play Super Bowl LVI as scheduled at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 13,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy explained in a statement shared by PFT. “As part of our standard contingency planning process that we perform for all regular and off-season matches, we have contacted several clubs to inquire about stadium availability in the event that we are unable to play the Super Bowl as scheduled due to weather-related issues or unforeseen circumstances. “Our planning process for the Super Bowl in Los Angeles is ahead of schedule and we look forward to hosting the Super Bowl there to culminate another amazing NFL season for our fans and clubs.”

As the Associated Press (h / t ESPN) noted, AT&T Stadium hosted last year’s Rose Bowl game due to restrictions in California at the time. It is unclear exactly when the NFL will confirm and announce such a switch prior to the Super Bowl LVI.

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