Super Bowl teams won’t travel to Tampa until day or two prior to game

Regardless of which NFL conference finalists win on Sunday, they will wait a while for their trip to Tampa, Florida. 

In line with the NFL's strict COVID-19 travel protocols, the Super Bowl teams will wait until closer to the big day to board their flights. The Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers  and Kansas City Chiefs would not arrive in Tampa until the Friday or Saturday prior to the game, a person with knowledge of the logistics told USA TODAY Sports' Nate Davis. 

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the plans are not yet public. 

Of course, none of this applies to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They would have the luxury of playing the first Super Bowl in their home stadium if they defeat the Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

Typically, the Super Bowl teams arrive a week before the game to practice and prepare. Many events associated with the week, such as the Monday night "media day," will be done virtually or canceled. 

As ESPN points out, the Buccaneers being on the road Sunday allowed the NFL to avoid the headache of having the NFC Championship Game played on the grass field already sodded for the Super Bowl.

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