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This is why the NFL is saying no to Super Bowl parties in team facilities

But that doesn’t mean the Bucs or Chiefs can’t celebrate elsewhere, as long as they follow very specific guidelines from the league.
Rows of cardboard cutouts of fans fill the stands at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday in Tampa where, with just 24 hours until Super Bowl 55, the NFL is on the ground preparing the stadium for the big game.
Rows of cardboard cutouts of fans fill the stands at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday in Tampa where, with just 24 hours until Super Bowl 55, the NFL is on the ground preparing the stadium for the big game. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Feb. 6, 2021|Updated Feb. 6, 2021

TAMPA — If the Bucs want to hold a post-Super Bowl 55 party, the team’s facilities can’t be used and they must follow strict guidelines agreed to by the league and its players’ union.

In a memo sent to the Bucs and the Chiefs, the NFL outlined a series of guidelines the host of any celebration must follow. The memo states:

“Should either team or any player wish to host a gathering following the game, the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to the following limitations:

• Club facilities may not be used to host such a gathering. (For the purpose of this supplement, hotels used by the clubs/provided by the league for game travel and for which IDER plans were developed, constitute “club facilities.”)

• Event Hosts must limit the number of people in attendance. Event Hosts must make every effort to ensure that all attendees have received negative COVID test results within the previous 48 hours (including via the Club’s “Friends and Family Testing Program”)

• The event must be held outdoors in a space that is large enough to allow for sufficient physical distancing

• The event space must be designed and configured to promote physical distancing

• Masks must be worn at all times

• Signs must be prominently displayed reminding attendees to practice physical distancing and to wear masks

• Event Hosts are encouraged to make hand sanitizer and masks available to all attendees

• To the extent there will be eating and drinking at such an event, Event Hosts must designate separate areas for such activities, where physical distancing may be maintained

• Seating at tables must be configured to promote physical distancing o Event Hosts must ensure that any high touch surfaces are periodically sanitized throughout the event

• Event Hosts must offer transportation for all attendees to go home following the event

• Any such event must comply with all state and local laws, regulations, ordinances or guidelines that may be applicable.

On Friday, Bucs coach Bruce Arians was disappointed team facilities were a no-go.

“You wish (you could hold a party),” Arians said. “(The Bucs’ facility) is the perfect place. It’s the safest place with all the inside and outside (space). The league said no.”

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