The NFL is considering alternative Super Bowl venues in the midst of the COVID wave

The NFL is considering alternative stadium seats for the upcoming Super Bowl amid a recent wave of COVID-19 cases in the country, It reported the Associated Press.

In a statement Wednesday, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the news wire that the league still plans to host their annual sports championship event at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

SoFi Stadium is home to both the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers.

“As part of our standard contingency planning process, which we carry out for all regular matches and post-season matches, we have contacted several clubs to inquire about availability at the stadium in case we cannot play the Super Bowl as scheduled due to weather-related issues or unforeseen circumstances, “McCarthy told the AP.

“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.”

According to the AP, the league already sees the AT&T stadium in Arlington, Texas as a possible replacement. AT&T Stadium is home to the Dallas Cowboys.

AT&T Stadium, nicknamed “Jerry’s World” after team owner Jerry Jones, hosted the Rose Bowl competition in 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions in California, where the annual bowl match is usually held, the AP reported.

This comes as the United States is currently dealing with a winter wave of COVID-19 infections as the omicron variant has taken hold across the nation.

The NFL postponed several games late in its regular season due to teams experiencing virus outbreaks.

The league has recently revised its COVID-19 protocols by easing the test requirements for fully vaccinated players who show no virus symptoms and ending the weekly test mandate for these players.

The Super Bowl LVI is scheduled for February 13th.

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