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It seems that once the calendar flips to January and the New Year rolls around, football fans start looking ahead to the Super Bowl. What food will they fix for their party? What crazy outfit will they wear as they root on their favorite team? Which team’s record will push them to the top and land them in Super Bowl LVIII? For your work break today, step away from your desk and start daydreaming about your gameday menu while taking a look at this 66-centimeter image collected over Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, taken by the satellite GeoEye-1 on Super Bowl LV gameday, i.e. Feb. 7, 2021, around 11:39 a.m. local time. This GeoEye-1 image offers a unique perspective on the event as it was collected at a high-off nadir which creates more of a side-looking view than straight down.
During the tail end of the global coronavirus pandemic, Super Bowl LV was played in sunny Florida. Because certain COVID-19 guidelines were in place, the capacity for this game was limited to 25,000 spectators, making it the lowest-attended game in the history of the Super Bowl. National Football Conference champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers squared off against the American Football Conference champion Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. While everyone sees on TV how cool the stadium looks from the inside, we can see the stadium from far up above, surrounding by houses, businesses, and other sports fields, in this bird’s eye view.
Construction on the stadium started in 1996 and the 65,000-seat stadium hosted its first game in September 1998. The stadium is not only home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but also the University of South Florida Bulls football team, several college football bowl games, music festivals and special events. Even Taylor Swift has performed there. The stadium underwent a $160-plus million multi-phase renovation in 2016 and boasts the third largest video board system in the NFL. The stadium also features an iconic pirate ship permanently harbored in Buccaneer Cove. It comes to life after the Buccaneers score a field goal or touchdown by blasting its cannons.
Slated for Feb. 11, 2024, the next Super Bowl will be held at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, marking it the first time Nevada has hosted the Super Bowl. So, start planning your menu, grab the face paint, and go team go!
Have a great rest of your workday! 😊
(Image Courtesy: Maxar. Processed by Apollo Mapping for improved color accuracy and clarity.)