It seems anxiety over Los Angeles losing a major event such as the Super Bowl due to the recent covid surge has been premature.
According to a report from Arash Markazi, one of the year’s biggest sporting events will continue as planned at SoFi Stadium on Feb. 13.
Reports circulated earlier this month that alternate sites for the big game were being considered, among them was the home of the Dallas Cowboys, Arlington’s AT&T Stadium.
At the time, there was a general worry that California protocols and COVID restrictions would prove detrimental to holding a game the size and scope of the Super Bowl.
Markazi spoke with Katie Keenan, the NFL Senior Director of Event Operations. Keenan allayed any further worry that the event would be moved.
"We’re here, the game will be here and we’re already starting to build if you look outside,” she tells Markazi. “We got crews starting to build and we’re fully committed to hosting the Super Bowl here next month.”
Patrons will still need to adhere to local mitigation protocols such as showing proof of vaccination or a negative test.
Markazi’s report goes a step further, explaining that SoFi may get more than just 2022’s Super Bowl but is being considered for repeat business by the NFL.
“SoFi Stadium is in the running to host the Super Bowl in 2027, according to sources, with the expectation it will be part of a regular Super Bowl rotation that will include Miami, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Tampa and Phoenix,” he writes.
Next month’s soiree will certainly showcase what has quickly become one of the more beloved new stadiums in the league. With its sleek design and raucous atmosphere, SoFi certainly fits the bill of a location that would do the Super Bowl justice every few years.