As a thank you for their tireless service during the pandemic, NFL has announced it’s inviting around 7,500 vaccinated health care workers to Super Bowl LV as honored guests.
The majority of these health care workers will come from hospitals and health care systems in the Tampa and central Florida area. They’ll receive free Super Bowl tickets and gameday experiences directly from the NFL. All 32 NFL clubs will also be selecting health care workers from their communities to attend the Super Bowl this Sunday.
“These dedicated health care workers continue to put their own lives at risk to serve others, and we owe them our ongoing gratitude,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement. “We hope in a small way that this initiative will inspire our country and recognize these true American heroes. This is also an opportunity to promote the importance of vaccination and appropriate health practices, including wearing masks in public settings.”
There will also be 14,500 additional fans in attendance at Raymond James Stadium to crown the champion of an unprecedented NFL season.
“Our local healthcare workers have worked around the clock to ensure the health and safety of our community,” said Mayor Jane Castor, City of Tampa, “and I cannot think of a better way to honor them than with the eyes of the world on our hometown for Super Bowl LV. Our country has endured so much over the last year and we can’t lose sight of those who worked day in and day out to keep us safe. Thank you to the NFL for helping make this happen.”