Is the Super Bowl Moving Stadiums? NFL Is Researching Options Outside of California

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Super Bowl LVI is slated to occur at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. But the NFL is looking for backup stadiums outside of California, just in case.

A report out of Arlington, Texas, suggests that the NFL is checking on AT&T Stadium as a potential backup venue. Arlington city officials say the city is ready to host the event if needed. The NFL is currently checking on the availability of stadiums outside of California due to the surge of Omicron in the state and the likelihood of heavy preventatives measures and mandates.

“A Dallas Cowboys front office source tells WFAA that the team and league have engaged in preliminary discussions about AT&T Stadium serving as an emergency site for the 2022 Super Bowl should possible COVID restrictions in California create problems with playing the game in Southern California,” the report reads.

The Super Bowl Halftime Show this year will feature Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, and Mary J. Blige. Snoop Dogg says he believes this is a historic moment for hip-hop at the Super Bowl.

“We so thankful that the NFL is accepting hip-hop on stage and letting us do what we do,” Snoop told the hosts of Monday Night Football, Eli and Peyton Manning.

“We plan on putting together a great show to give the people something that they been waiting on. They love to watch a Super Bowl game, but at the same time at half-time, we be loving to see who’s going to perform. So we’re going to give you the greatest performance you’ve ever seen in hip-hop history.”

The NFL isn’t the only organization contending with COVID restrictions in California.

The Recording Academy recently postponed the 2022 Grammy Awards indefinitely. The Sundance Film Festival’s in-person return was also shuttered, ruining the world premiere of the Kanye West documentary jeen-yuhs.

The documentary chronicles the rise of Kanye West as a hip-hop mogul. “Shot over 20 years, this documentary trilogy is an intimate and revealing portrait of Kanye West’s experience, showcasing both his formative days trying to break through and his life today as a global brand and artist,” Netflix says of the documentary. Ye himself isn’t directly involved in the film, but he did sign off on footage being used.

8 Responses

  1. Brad oates

    More fake news. The nfl isn’t looking to move the super bowl. They’re doing what they always do – have a couple backup plans in case of anything.

  2. Lol

    Maybe they just don’t want a smash and grab on the Lombardi trophy

  3. Paul Resnikoff

    Logistically, a shift in venue probably wouldn’t impact the halftime show too much (this year, it’s going to be a heavily hip-hop themed show). Outside of stadium-specific setup details, I’d be surprised if any specific artists pulled out b/c of location changes.

    • Julliard Millan

      There’s no shift in venue, Paul. Speculation about this based on what the NFL does every Super Bowl is reckless.

  4. Old Skool

    Snoop Dogg is 50, Eminem is 49, Dr Dre is 56, Kendrick Lamer is 34, and Mary J Blige is 50.

    This year’s Super Bowl ads will be for Geritol, Viagra, and Ensure.

    I hope whatever stadium they pick, it is wheelchair accessible for these old rappers.

    • M. Randolph Bernstein III

      Wow, you’re truly not a comedian. Did you post that when McCartney played it? How about The Stones? Again, very unfunny. Don’t quit your day job…if you have one.