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The NFL is scrambling like famed quarterback Fran Tarkenton to find an alternate site for Super Bowl LVI now that California’s COVID-19 rules might not allow the game to played as planned at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, according to a new report.

The game is scheduled to be played on Feb. 13.

Local Texas outlet WFAA-TV reported a “Dallas Cowboys front office source” told WFAA the NFL is looking at AT&T Stadium in fan-friendly Texas as a backup in case lockdown-happy California ratchets up the rule-making as COVID-19 cases climb.

“[T]he league did inquire about a date if [the] stadium is available. But that’s all I’ve ever heard. They could be just covering all options just in case,” the source said.

The possibility of the game being moved made Twitter users giddy.

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NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said precautions are part of the game plan.

“We plan on playing Super Bowl LVI as scheduled at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 13,” McCarthy said.

“As part of our standard contingency planning process that we conduct for all regular and postseason games, we have contacted several clubs to inquire about stadium availability in the event we cannot play the Super Bowl as scheduled due to weather-related issues or unforeseen circumstances.”

Should the Super Bowl be played in Texas?

Despite McCarthy’s comments suggesting this is business as usual, nothing is usual in this month where omicron has become a household word.

In response to the spread of that particular coronavirus variant, the Grammys, which were to be held Jan. 31 in Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, were indefinitely postponed, The Hollywood Reporter noted.

Although California has relaxed restrictions compared to a year ago, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health requires anyone entering a public attraction to provide proof of COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test.

“The risk for virus transmission has never been higher in our county,” Los Angeles County Public Health director Barbara Ferrer said last week, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The 2021 Rose Bowl was played at AT&T Stadium when COVID rules forced it out of its usual home in Pasadena, California.

There is more than prestige involved in the location of the Super Bowl. Officials in Las Vegas estimated that the economic impact of the Super Bowl there was about $500 million, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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