Can you imagine being in a stadium full of people while the world is still managing the COVID-19 pandemic?
Some people may have been concerned when they initially tuned in on Sunday evening, but the Raymond James Stadium isn’t actually packed, there are actually 30,000 cardboard cutouts to “watch” Super Bowl LV. This is addition to 25,000 real people in the stands and each cardboard cutout was being sold for $100 a piece.
— Trenni Kusnierek (@trenni) February 8, 2021
Of the 25,000 people in the stands, 7,500 of them are healthcare workers that have received a COVID-19 vaccine.
Feels like a Super Bowl. Cutouts fill in empty seats, plenty of noise and energy. pic.twitter.com/rVBn2lw5UY
— Sam Mellinger (@mellinger) February 7, 2021
The cardboard cutouts at the SuperBowl are great! The place looks packed. Also great to see Health workers get tickets. Great start so far. #SuperBowl
— Cathal Ó Féarain (@1Cf1) February 8, 2021
— Justine Stafford (@JustineStafford) February 8, 2021
the Super Bowl stadium looks packed, but there is also some cardboard involved pic.twitter.com/IWo7VyDD0g
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) February 8, 2021
— jade (@letmegetgomez) February 7, 2021
While thousands more people usually flock to wherever the Super Bowl is being played each year, understandably, people had a lot to say about all the people in the crowds, while individuals around the world continue to lose their lives to COVID-19.
There is nothing more USA and NFL than like an hour’s worth of solemn tributes to half a million lives lost and our warrior healthcare workers before the #SuperBowl — followed by ten gazillion people packed into a stadium together.
— Heather Hogan (@theheatherhogan) February 7, 2021
the covid-19 moment of silence before the superbowl ... which is in and of itself going to be a super spreader event ... is some real uniquely american cognitive dissonance.
— ✍🏼 roxana | ✊🏼 zivar | ⚒️ hadadi (@roxana_hadadi) February 7, 2021
How coronavirus is looking at this packed Super Bowl stadium pic.twitter.com/tYF5QQCCAi
— Rich (@UptownDCRich) February 7, 2021
25,000 total people there. 7500 are vaccinated HCWs. 30k cutouts. Still too many 3D people
— Rachel Ann Bender Ignacio, MD MPH (@Drbenderignacio) February 8, 2021