TAMPA, Fla. — Super Bowl 55 is 191 days away. That's not much time when you're talking about planning the world's most popular sporting event.
Tampa Bay Sports Commission Executive Director Rob Higgins has been dealing with the countdown during these unprecedented times.
"200 days out is certainly usually in the life of an event, feels like a really short time," Higgins said, via video chat. "But as we’ve learned over the last 150 days, that felt like five years, that also there’s a good amount of time to get things done."
More than 8,000 people pre-registered for the Community Ambassador Program. Higgins said that despite the pandemic and new safety protocols, there's still enthusiasm for volunteers and staff who want to make the Super Bowl a success.
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"I think people here really just love being a part of these big events and helping our hometown shine," he said. "We’re really pleased with where we’re at now. Naturally, it’s a progression. We’re going to continue to monitor everything as we progress."
The Buccaneers are the latest team to announce a reduced stadium capacity for the upcoming season, but Higgins said he's planning for a packed house when Super Bowl 55 kicks off on February 7th.
"If there need to be adjustments, we’ll be ready to make them. At this point in time, there haven’t been any adjustments. We just continue to plan. And through our great partnership with the NFL, we’ll continue to stay joined at the hip with them and be ready to be as nimble as we need to be."
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