The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will become the first NFL team in 55 years to play a Super Bowl at their home stadium.
And in a season impacted at every turn by the coronavirus pandemic, the home ground advantage could play significant role when they face the Kansas City Chiefs.
“It’s a huge advantage,” Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said on Monday.
“Just to be able to stay in your routine, sleep in your bed and all that stuff.”
The Chiefs are not expected to arrive in Tampa, Florida until at least February 5 ahead of the Super Bowl on February 7.
Arians also thinks opponents Kansas City will be helped by the more relaxed lead up to the game this year amid the pandemic.
The traditional Super Bowl media day and all other interviews throughout the week will be done virtually this year.
So the Chiefs won’t have the distractions of media, friends and family trying to come to town for the festivities.
“I think it really helps them,” Arians said.
“Normally, when you get to town for Super Bowl, everybody’s pulling and tugging you — trying to get everything done the week before.
“Then, when you hit town, you’ve got all the media obligations and your practice and game plans are all put in.
“I think it’s a great advantage for them (because) it’s just an away game. They get to do their normal prep just like we do. Nobody’s going to get tied up in all that stuff.”
Super Bowl LV will be held at Raymond James Stadium, with some 22,000 fans in attendance.