The Super Bowl is coming up on Sunday, and the NFL is stepping up to honor the healthcare workers who have worked so hard over the past year by giving out 7,500 free tickets to them.
Most of the healthcare workers who are being given these tickets are from the Tampa and central Florida area, which is where the Super Bowl is being held. On top of that, all 32 NFL clubs will be choosing healthcare workers from their communities to go to the Super Bowl as well.
“These dedicated health care workers continue to put their own lives at risk to serve others, and we owe them our ongoing gratitude,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said 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.”
Aside from the healthcare workers, there are set to be 14,500 fans in attendance at Raymond James Stadium when the Super Bowl happens on Sunday.
“Our local healthcare workers have worked around the clock to ensure the health and safety of our community, 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,” said Mayor Jane Castor, City of Tampa. “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.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis honored healthcare workers as well as he expressed excitement about the Super Bowl.
“Florida is proud to host Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa to crown the champion of an unprecedented NFL season,” he said. “On behalf of Floridians and football fans across the nation, I’d like to thank the many men and women who worked hard to make this game a reality, especially our frontline health care workers who have worked tirelessly over the past year to keep people safe. I look forward to the positive impact this game will have on the Tampa Bay area, and my family and I can’t wait for the big game!”