Super Bowl LVI isn’t moving from Los Angeles, according to local officials – The Hollywood Reporter

A day after the NFL confirmed it was reviewing Super Bowl LVI contingency plans if COVID-19 conditions make Los Angeles an unsustainable host city, local officials say the SoFi stadium is likely to host the global spectacle on February 13 will be.

“I am very confident that the event will take place here in LA County Board of Supervisors Chair Holly J. Mitchell. “It will be a challenge if the climb continues through February, but we are working closely with the NFL and SoFi Stadium to have a wonderful Super Bowl here with the proper security measures to ensure the safety of the fans and our community. “

Separately, Mayor James Butts of Inglewood, the home of SoFi Stadium, said he hadn’t seen anything in the latest data that could force a move. “Don’t worry,” Butts said in a new report from NBC Los Angeles. “The Super Bowl will be played in Inglewood, in the City of Champions, in February.”

The statements come in for less than 24 hours and a slew of reports about the NFL having its eye on potential new venues, notably the AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, for the big game amid a record-breaking surge in COVID- 19 cases due to Omicron. However, health experts like Ferrer remain optimistic that the current wave could pass in a few weeks, as the variant, while contagious, causes a much milder cold-like illness in those vaccinated. During Thursday’s briefing, Ferrer reported a record number of positive cases, with 37,215 and 30 additional deaths in the county. She also found that vaccinated and booster people are 38 times less likely to be hospitalized than unvaccinated people and four times less likely to be infected, showing how worse the current wave is than last year or even 2020.

Texas broadcaster WFAA reported that NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said contingency plans were routine and plans for Los Angeles would continue. “We plan to play the Super Bowl LVI as planned on Sunday, February 13th, at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles,” said McCarthy, according to the outlet. “As part of our standard contingency planning process, which we carry out for all regular games and games in the postseason, we have contacted several clubs to inquire about stadium availability in the event that we do not play the Super Bowl as planned due to weather-related problems or unforeseen circumstances be able. 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 crown another fantastic NFL season for our fans and clubs. “

Adding to the concern this week was the sheer number of major events that have been postponed or canceled due to this current phase of the pandemic. The Grammy Awards, Sundance Film Festival, Critics Choice Awards, Academy Governors Awards, and other major events have been hit by the virus in recent days. Losing the Super Bowl would be a major blow to Los Angeles as it would be the first NFL championship game to be played at the new $ 5 billion SoFi stadium and the city will be catered for by a number of parties, events and events Concerts in the USA had been prepared in advance of the game. The Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show also features LA legends Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar can be seen.

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