As the NFL season comes to a close on Sunday, its stadiums will remain open in the battle against COVID-19.
According to a letter written by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to President Joe Biden, the league will make all 30 of its stadiums available as mass COVID-19 vaccination sites for the general public.
“The NFL and our 32 member clubs are committed to doing our part to ensure that vaccines are as widely available in our communities as possible,” Goodell wrote. “We can expand our efforsts to stadiums more effectively because many of our clubs have offered their facilities previously as COVID testing centers as well as election sites over the past several months.”
Seven NFL teams – the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots -- are already hosting COVID-19 vaccinations at or near their stadiums for the general public.
Each NFL team will coordinate with local, state and federal health officials on the next steps moving forward. The Giants and Jets share a stadium in New Jersey while the Rams and Chargers share a stadium in Los Angeles.
Many sports teams have stepped up to offer their stadiums as vaccinations sites. In New York, the Yankees began vaccinating residents this past week at their stadium, while the Mets also plan to do the same this week.