Jan 6, 2022 - Sports

Report: NFL looking at AT&T Stadium as possible backup Super Bowl site

Picture taken from the stands of the SoFi stadium, which is empty
Sofi Stadium following a ribbon-cutting event in September 2020. Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images

The NFL and Cowboys are reportedly in talks to make AT&T Stadium an emergency backup venue for Super Bowl LVI, which is set to be held at Los Angeles' Sofi Stadium on Feb. 13.

Why it matters: This is standard operating procedure for the league, but it has become more noteworthy amid L.A.'s COVID surge, which has led to increased restrictions and major events being postponed.

  • The 64th Grammy Awards, scheduled for Jan. 31, were postponed on Wednesday due to COVID concerns. The 27th Critics Choice Awards, scheduled for Jan. 9, were also postponed this week.
  • Both events were set to be held just miles from Sofi Stadium, with Crypto.com Arena (Grammy Awards) and Century Plaza Hotel (Critics Choice Awards) hosting the festivities.

Of note: AT&T Stadium hosted the 2021 Rose Bowl when it was moved from Pasadena due to California's COVID restrictions.

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