With the start of Super Bowl week here, it’s quickly going to become noticeable what normal aspects won’t take place, or will be significantly altered due to the ongoing pandemic.
While the usual level of interest might still be what it is every year, here are five usual features of the week in the host city that will be missing this time, according to USA Today.
1. Teams won’t be arriving at site early in the week.
Well, technically, this is a weird one -- because with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers becoming the first team in the Super Bowl era to play the game in its home stadium, they’ll obviously be in town. But typically, there is a lot of fanfare on Sunday or Monday when teams arrive at the airport in the host city to kick off the week.
The teams then typically practice at a site in the host city and have in-person media sessions throughout the week. That won’t be the case this year with the Kansas City Chiefs, who will essentially play it like a normal road game and won’t travel to Tampa until Friday or Saturday.
2. No live Media Day.
This has become one of the signature events of the week, when a day is designated for the thousands of media members to congregate in one spot and ask players on both teams endless questions.