The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not hear the familiar sounds of cannons firing at Raymond James Stadium when they play the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in Super Bowl LV.
Tampa Bay are the first team in NFL history to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium. But the Buccaneers have announced that they will keep the cannons silent during the upcoming big game.
"The firing of the cannons after big plays is a tradition that defines what it means to be a Buccaneer fan and serves as a signature element of our home game experience at Raymond James Stadium," the team said in a statement.
"However, we also acknowledge and understand the NFL's position with regards to maintaining the integrity of a neutral site atmosphere for Super Bowl LV.
"While the cannons may not fire in their typical fashion, we look forward to showcasing parts of our tradition while working within the league's guidelines."
The cannons are located within a pirate ship in one of the stadium's endzones. They typically fire every time the Buccaneers score.
Meanwhile, it is possible that Covid-19 will impact the Super Bowl.
Kansas City Chiefs backup centre Daniel Kilgore and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson were placed on the reserve/Covid-19 list Monday after being named close contacts with a team barber, according to an NFL Network report.
Kilgore and Robinson will be eligible to play Sunday, however, if they continue to return negative tests.
According to the report, the barber was in the process of cutting Kilgore's hair when the Chiefs received results of his positive test.
He had tested negative for Covid-19 five consecutive times before a rapid test produced a positive test Monday.
The barber was immediately removed following the positive result, but not before he alerted officials that he cut Robinson's hair the previous day.
Kilgore is unlikely to play Sunday behind starting centre Austin Reiter, even if he is cleared.
Robinson is the team's fourth-leading receiver, grabbing 45 receptions for 466 yards and three touchdowns during the regular season.
The wideout is confident that he will continue to test negative and play on Sunday.
"All my tests have been negative," Robinson said. "I'll see y'all at the SuperBowl."
At this time, no other Chiefs have been deemed close contacts.