TAMPA, FL — Pop star Miley Cyrus will be coming to Tampa for Super Bowl LV.
In a tweet, Cyrus announced she’ll be coming to Tampa as part of NFL’s first TikTok Tailgate on Feb. 7 at Raymond James Stadium, performing a special show for 7,500 vaccinated health care workers before the big game.
The Tiktok Tailgate will begin at 2:30 p.m.
SUPER BOWL LV!!! I’ll be there for TIKTOK TAILGATE!!! I can’t wait to put on a show for the NFL’s honored guests before the game…. Health care workers from Tampa and around the country! Join the tailgate at 2:30 PM ET FEBRUARY 7 on @tiktok_us @ @cbstv ! #SBLV pic.twitter.com/MBibfx8XxF
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) January 24, 2021
Kickoff for Super Bowl LV featuring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. the Kansas City Chief is at 6:30 p.m.
The 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show is slated to begin at 8 p.m.
In a press release, Pepsi, the NFL and Roc Nation announced that three-time Grammy-winning artist, The Weeknd, described as “one of today’s most compelling and significant artists of a generation,” will perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show.
In less than a decade, The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfae. has amassed a global fan base and become a multi-award winning artist. He was named one of the most influential people of 2020 by Time Magazine and is known for his genre-bending music and redefining storytelling, both sonically and visually.
“We all grow up watching the world’s biggest acts playing the Super Bowl and one can only dream of being in that position. I’m humbled, honored and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage this year,” The Weeknd said.
“The Weeknd has introduced a sound all his own. His soulful uniqueness has defined a new generation of greatness in music and artistry,” said Shawn JAY-Z Carter. “This is an extraordinary moment in time and the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show is going to be an extraordinary experience with an extraordinary performer.”
“We are thrilled to have The Weeknd join us in Tampa Bay on the Pepsi Halftime Stage,” said Brian Rolapp, NFL chief media and business officer, “Halftime show performances have a history of excellence and creativity, and we look forward to seeing what he will bring to Super Bowl LV.”
Country singer Eric Church will join 12 Grammy-nominated R&B singer and songwriter Jazmine Sullivan in performing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” And Grammy-winning singer H.E.R. will perform “America the Beautiful.”
Watching their performances from the stands will be a limited number of 22,000 fans, representing about one third of the capacity of Raymond James Stadium capacity of 65,890.
Among them will be 7,500 vaccinated health care workers who will receive free Super Bowl Tickets and game day experiences to honor their service during the pandemic, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced.
All 32 NFL clubs will select vaccinated health care workers from their communities to attend the Super Bowl in Tampa Bay, although the majority will come from Tampa Bay and Central Florida.
Among those invited were health care workers from Sarasota Memorial Hospital, who were surprised by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell with the news via a Zoom call.
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Rob Higgins, CEO of the Super Bowl LV Host Committee, and Buccaneers legend Rondé Barber also surprised four health care workers at Tampa General Hospital with tickets to the game.
“We’re going to help surprise some very deserving health care heroes who have helped define this journey, getting us through the pandemic,” Higgins said.
The NFL will also recognize health care heroes around the country through a variety of special moments both in the stadium and during the CBS broadcast.
“These dedicated health care workers continue to put their own lives at risk to serve others, and we owe them our ongoing gratitude,” said Goodell. “We hope in a small way that this initiative will inspire our country and recognize these true American heroes. This is also an opportunity to promote the importance of vaccination and appropriate health practices, including wearing masks in public settings.”
Goodell said the number of fans was set after discussions with public health officials, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Florida Department of Health, and area hospitals and health care systems.
They reviewed the NFL’s plan for the number of spectators and coronavirus protocols, and provided feedback to the NFL, Goodell said.
These protocols include mandatory mask-wearing, social-distancing, podded seating, touchless in-stadium experiences at concessions and restrooms, security checkpoints and controlled entries and exits.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis applauded the NFL’s plan to keep spectators, players, NFL officials and staff safe.
“Florida is proud to host Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa to crown the champion of an unprecedented NFL season,” he said. “On behalf of Floridians and football fans across the nation, I’d like to thank the many men and women who worked hard to make this game a reality, especially our frontline health care workers who have worked tirelessly over the past year to keep people safe. I look forward to the positive impact this game will have on the Tampa Bay area, and my family and I can’t wait for the big game.”
The plan also received a nod from Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees.
“We are grateful for the leadership the NFL has shown in thanking our health care workers and promoting vaccine acceptance around Super Bowl LV,” Rivkees said. “I applaud them for making safety their top priority, and for taking a thoughtful approach to make sure that the Super Bowl will be a safe and meaningful experience for fans and the Tampa Bay community.”
“I cannot think of a greater stage than Super Bowl LV to honor our health care professionals,” said Ken Hagan, Hillsborough County commissioner and a member of the Tampa Bay Sports Authority. “On behalf of Tampa Bay, I thank the NFL for their commitment to recognize our local heroes for their tireless efforts and dedication to help us get through this pandemic.”
“Our local health care workers have worked around the clock to ensure the health and safety of our community and I cannot think of a better way to honor them than with the eyes of the world on our hometown for Super Bowl LV,” Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said. “Our country has endured so much over the last year, and we can’t lose sight of those who worked day in and day out to keep us safe. Thank you to the NFL for helping make this happen.”
Former NFL star and Buccaneers player Derrick Brooks, who is co-chairing the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee with former state Rep. Will Weatherford, said it was only fitting to salute the men and women who saved so many lives during the past year while risking their own.
“While this was already shaping up to be the most meaningful Super Bowl in our hometown’s history, the NFL deciding to welcome and honor our local vaccinated healthcare workers to Super Bowl LV takes the importance of the event to an all new level,” he said. “The unsolicited outpouring of appreciation that we’ve received in support of this initiative from our local health care workers across the community has been truly amazing. These heroes inspire us every day, so we couldn’t be more thankful to the NFL for working to safely create this monumental effort to celebrate them.”
The TikTok Tailgate, game and halftime show will be televised nationally on CBS stations.