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Pandemic or not, Super Bowl LV is still happening, here’s what we know

words by: Natasha Marsh
Jan 31, 2021

Despite the coronavirus, Super Bowl LV will still be taking place on February 7, 2021, one week from today. Below is all we know thus far.


When and Where is it?

February 7, in Tampa Bay, Florida at Raymond James Stadium. The stadium is reportedly capping seating at 20 percent capacity (roughly 13,000 fans in a 66,000-seat stadium).


Who is playing?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City Chiefs. Tom Brady of Tampa Bay is seeking his NFL record seventh Super Bowl and Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs wants the victory to defend their title and repeat as champions.

Side note: The Bucs are the first team in Super Bowl history to play the game in their home stadium.


Who are the commentators?

Jim Nantz and Tony Romo will be giving us play-by-play commentary.


Who will perform?

In partnership with Roc Nation, The Weeknd will headline the 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show. The Weeknd had a huge year in 2020 where he earned the No.1 spot on Billboard 2020 for his album After Hours, including breakout song, “Blinding Lights.” “We all grow up watching the world’s biggest acts playing the Super Bowl and one can only dream of being in that position. I’m humbled, honored and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage this year,” The Weeknd said in an official release.


“The Weeknd has introduced a sound all his own,” Roc Nation founder Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter said in a statement. “His soulful uniqueness has defined a new generation of greatness in music and artistry. This is an extraordinary moment in time and the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show is going to be an extraordinary experience with an extraordinary performer.”


The Halftime Show, usually packed with A-listers like Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliot, and Madonna, has always been a highlight during the game. “We are thrilled to have The Weeknd join us in Tampa Bay on the Pepsi Halftime Stage,” the NFL’s chief media and business officer Brian Rolapp said in a statement. “Halftime Show performances have a history of excellence and creativity and we look forward to seeing what he will bring to Super Bowl LV.”

The NFL also announced the national anthem singers: country artist Eric Church and R&B artist Jazmine Sullivan as well as R&B artist H.E.R. to sing “America the Beautiful.”


Will there be fans?

At 20,000 fan capacity, all individuals will be required to wear masks and social distance. Many of them will be vaccinated frontline workers and first responders.