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Video: What’s Different About Super Bowl LV?

February 6, 2021

Are you ready for the biggest football game of the season? Super Bowl LV promises to be a championship game like no other, but is that really the case? Let’s take a look at what’s new and what’s the same ol’, same ol’ at this year’s Super Bowl.

Pre-Game Ceremony: The pre-game ceremony at the Super Bowl is a tradition, but reciting a poem during the event isn’t. For the first time in Super Bowl history, an original poem will be recited by US National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman.

Quarterbacks: While the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Tom Brady is an experienced five-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes is also a Super Bowl winner. The difference? Their age! At forty-three, Tom Brady is the oldest quarterback in the NFL, and at twenty-five, Patrick Mahomes is one of the youngest. Will experience or youth win out this Super Bowl? We’ll just have to wait and see what the eighteen-year age difference means!

Cheering Fans: Fans will be cheering on their favorite teams from the comfort of their own homes, but also (despite the pandemic) in the Raymond James Stadium where the Super Bowl will be played. The only difference from years past? There’ll be a limited number of people allowed into the stadium, thousands of tickets were set aside for healthcare workers and first responders, and attendees will be handed personal protective equipment upon entry.

A Back-To-Back Championship Ring: If the Chiefs win the Super Bowl, they’ll be joining an elite group of teams who’ve won back-to-back Super Bowls. Only seven NFL teams have achieved this title. One of these teams? The New England Patriots and, yes, it was Tom Brady who made it happen.

Commercials: No changes here—there’ll be plenty of new and memorable Super Bowl commercials to enjoy.

Referee: Sarah Thomas will make history at Super Bowl LV. Why? She’ll be the first woman to ever referee a Super Bowl game!

Ready for some football?