As a way to thank healthcare workers for their tireless efforts on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL invited around 7,500 vaccinated healthcare workers to Super Bowl LV as honored guests.
Most of the healthcare workers who attended came from hospitals and healthcare systems within Tampa and the Central Florida area; they received free tickets to the Super Bowl and gameday experiences provided directly by the NFL.
All 32 NFL clubs selected healthcare workers from their own communities to witness the Super Bowl in person. There were also 14,500 additional fans in attendance who witnessed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' win against the Kansas City Chiefs.
"These dedicated health care workers continue to put their own lives at risk to serve others, and we owe them our ongoing gratitude," said Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner. "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."
Jane Caster, the Mayor of Tampa, stated that she "cannot think of a better way to honor [healthcare workers] than with the eyes of the world on our hometown for Super Bowl LV."
"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," Caster continued. "Thank you to the NFL for helping make this happen."