Survey shows how COVID-19 is changing the Super Bowl for fans


(LOS ANGELES) — When the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on February 7 in Super Bowl LV, some super fans will be doing things differently this year, according to a new survey. 

Oracle CX’s Human Habits Pulse: Super Bowl 2021, a non-scientific survey that polled 2,000 American sports fans, found that 23% were going to be watching the Super Bowl alone this year because of the pandemic; 8% say they’re attending a virtual Super Bowl Party. 

Because the pandemic has tamped down get-togethers, the survey revealed average spending for the Big Game has fallen slightly: those spending between $100 – $500 fell from 41% to 34%.  Even so, 26% say they’re more excited to watch this year due to COVID-19, while 26% say they are less excited.

That said, the Super Bowl still ranks as one of Americans’ favorite events: 15% saying it is their favorite day of the year, and the third most popular annual celebration overall, after the December holidays and Thanksgiving, in that order.

22% say they’d do all the household chores for a year if their team won the Big Game, while 22% would quit drinking for a year — ironic, considering what a boozy day the Super Bowl is for millions. 

Fourteen percent say they’d pay $1,000 to see their team hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy at the end of the game, and 17% say they’d be willing to lose a week of vacation to see it happen. 

When the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on February 7, just 22,000 people will be allowed to watch the game in person — about a third of the normal capacity of Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida — for the sake of social distancing.

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