Chiefs plan to arrive in Tampa for Super Bowl a day before the game

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Kansas City Chiefs players dump a box of confetti on head coach Andy Reid after the AFC championship NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs won 38-24. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WDAF) – The Kansas City Chiefs will play in their second Super Bowl in the state of Florida in two years. Just 12 months apart, Super Bowl LV will be very different than Super Bowl LIV.

Last year, the Chiefs spent a week in Miami leading up to the game. There were days of practices and interviews.

In 2021, with the NLF’s strict COVID-19 travel protocol, none of those things will happen. At least they won’t happen in person. Even the “media day” event will happen either virtually or not at all.

Chiefs sources tell WDAF-TV that the team won’t arrive in Tampa until a day before Super Bowl LV. The Buccaneers won’t travel at all and are the first NFL team to play in a Super Bowl in their home stadium.

There are some other changes this year, too. According to the NFL’s travel restrictions, the maximum number of players that may travel the team is 62. The league hasn’t said if it plans to allow a larger number to travel to the Super Bowl.

The NFL announced last week that attendance for the Super Bowl will be capped at 22,000 fans. That includes 7,500 health care workers from across the country who’ve spent months treating people with COVID-19.

COVID-19 protocols will continue inside Raymond James Stadium. Mask-wearing and social distancing are mandatory. The stadium also has touchless payment for concessions.

The Chiefs will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. on CBS.

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