A year ago, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers became the first team to play the Super Bowl in their own stadium. But, some recent discussions could have Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys becoming the second team to hold the Big Game in their stadium.
Yes, the Super Bowl LVI is scheduled to be played at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, and the Cowboys play at AT&T Stadium. However, some potential COVID-19 issues in California could send the game to Arlington in what would be a stunning turn of events.
Super Bowl LVI could move elsewhere and AT&T Stadium has emerged as an option
Every year the Super Bowl lines up backup venues for emergencies, such as bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances. But, COVID has again taken its toll on California, putting events such as the Super Bowl into question.
That led to AT&T Stadium being listed as a backup venue, and the city of Arlington is ready to hold the event if needed.
“A Dallas Cowboys front office source tells WFAA that the team and league have engaged in preliminary discussions about AT&T Stadium serving as an emergency site for the 2022 Super Bowl should possible COVID restrictions in California create problems with playing the game in Southern California.”Mike Leslie of WFAA
Now, the likelihood of this happening remains up in the air, but this wouldn’t be the first time a major game was moved from California to Texas.
In 2021, the Rose Bowl Game moved from California to AT&T Stadium. Yes, the Super Bowl is as big as it gets, but the possibility is there.
Furthermore, The Grammys were scheduled for January 31 at the newly-named Crypto.com Arena, but they have been postponed.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy insisted they plan on holding the game at SoFi Stadium and this is just a “contingency” (h/t Mike Leslie).
“We plan on playing Super Bowl LVI as scheduled at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 13. As part of our standard contingency planning process that we conduct for all regular and postseason games, we have contacted several clubs to inquire about stadium availability in the event we cannot play the Super Bowl as scheduled due to weather-related issues or unforeseen circumstances.”NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy
Still, the ongoing situation in California is one to monitor over the next few weeks.
The Cowboys could become the second team to play the Super Bowl in their own stadium if this move ends up happening
Of course, there are a lot of steps to this process.
Nonetheless, the Cowboys might be able to repeat what Brady and the Bucs did last season. If the game is moved and the Cowboys run the table, they would become the second team to accomplish this feat.
On the other hand, the Cowboys’ issues on the football field are vast. Prescott’s team fell to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 17, blowing any chance of walking away with the first-round bye.
More than that, the Cowboys went from Super Bowl favorite to an afterthought.
However, a path is there for them to make the Super Bowl. As stated above, it could happen. But there are a lot of hurdles to overcome for both sides.
Aaron Rodgers won the Super Bowl the last time the game was played at AT&T Stadium
Well, things just got a whole lot more interesting.
Remember the last Super Bowl at AT&T Stadium? Aaron Rodgers led the Green Bay Packers to a victory over Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Can you guess who the top seed is in the NFC this time around? Yes, the Packers.
The storylines would be endless, and moving from California to Texas would be massive. Nonetheless, the possibility is there.
Not only can the Cowboys become the second team to play the Super Bowl in their stadium, but Rodgers could also play the Big Game at AT&T Stadium again.
As of now, the game is at Sofi Stadium, but anything can change before February begins.