Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL — February 6, 2021
Michigan football fans will be glued to their television sets tomorrow evening to watch the NFL Super Bowl. Former Michigan Wolverine, Tom Brady, will lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against Kansas City Chiefs in Raymond James Stadium.
The venue itself is historic as Super Bowl LV features the first of the modern-day championships to be hosted at the home of one of the participants. The Bucs earned that distinction after defeating the Green Bay Packers 31-26 in the NFC Championship game at Lambeau Field two weeks ago.
Kansas City returns for their 2nd straight Super Bowl after defeating the Buffalo Bills 38-24 in the AFC title game.
The Scene in Tampa
Fans attending Super Bowl LV, that’s 55 for those of us who don’t use Roman numerals on a regular basis, will need deep pockets, a lot of patience, and must deal with the realities of attending a game during the COVID era.
Raymond James Stadium sits on a plot of land adjacent to Dale Mabry Highway on the northwest side of the city, not far from Tampa Airport further west. That block is in a complete lockdown mode and surrounded by high fencing.
Parking lots, normally hosting tailgate parties, have been converted into entrance venues where fans will pass through COVID screening and security checks on both the north and south ends of the stadium.
The south parking lot also features a stage where pre-game festivities will take place. If you just want to come to the area and soak up the atmosphere, take an Uber. Also, remember your facemask. Tampa’s Mayor has decreed anyone on the streets of Tampa for the weekend is required to wear a mask.
The main parking lot is to the east, between the stadium and the Buccaneers’ training facility. It’s not hard to find just look for the giant Bucs’ flag billowing in the breeze. Gameday parking passes are selling on the secondary market for $300-$2,000. Parking in businesses and the front yards of homes in the area is in the $125-$200 range.
There will be 22,000 fans in attendance Sunday. A total of 7,500 tickets are reserved for 1st responders, 4 from each team city in the NFL and the remainder to Tampa area front line workers. All of which are expense-free passes for the day’s events.
With just 14,500 seats available for purchase, and a rabid local fan base, it’s easy to understand why this may be the most expensive Super Bowl Ticket ever. On the secondary market, upper-level corner seats were selling for $6,500 each. Good location seats were bringing $15,000 to $20,000 per ticket, with prime 50-yard line seats costing $25 grand apiece.
The Kansas City Chiefs are listed as a 3-point favorite to win the game, which was the difference in the score of the regular-season matchup the Chiefs won 27-24. The experts expect more points to be scored this time as the over/under line is 56 points.
Of course, you can bet on just about anything related to the game from how long the national anthem will be, who will win the coin toss, to who will win the MVP award. If you want to spice up your Super Bowl Party, here is a Prop Betting Checklist courtesy of SportsInteraction.com, give one to each guest, make your picks and follow along through the game.
If Tom Brady can lead the Bucs to their 2nd Super Bowl win, his designation as the “GOAT” may never be challenged. It would be the 7th NFL championship victory of his remarkable career.
Our Pick: Tampa 30, Kansas City 27