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Could COVID-19 restrictions in California cause NFL to relocate Super Bowl LVI?

Yardbarker logo Yardbarker 1/5/2022 Zac Wassink, Yardbarker
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The 64th Annual Grammy Awards Show scheduled to occur in Los Angeles on Jan. 31 was postponed Wednesday because of health and safety concerns related to COVID-19 surges linked with the highly contagious Omicron variant. 

Currently, Super Bowl LVI is set to take place at SoFi Stadium, home of the NFL's Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams, on Feb. 13. According to Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk, however, the league has already explored alternative sites for the championship game. 

The Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium is among options for Super Bowl LVI if the NFL has to make a last-minute adjustment due to pandemic-related restrictions in California. 

"We plan on playing Super Bowl LVI as scheduled at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 13," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy explained in a statement shared by PFT. "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. Our planning process for the Super Bowl in Los Angeles is ahead of schedule and we look forward to hosting the Super Bowl there to culminate another fantastic NFL season for our fans and clubs." 

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As The Associated Press (h/t ESPN) noted, AT&T Stadium hosted last year's Rose Bowl game because of restrictions in California at that time. It's unclear exactly when the NFL would have to confirm and announce such a switch ahead of Super Bowl LVI.

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