The year 2020 is wrapping up but the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage and is expected to continue raging all the way into 2021.
The Super Bowl Halftime show, which is one of America’s favorite past times, may see some big changes this coming February.
The Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show telecast is going to be produced by DPS with Roc Nation and Jesse Collins serving as executive producers, and Hamish Hamilton serving as director.
As for the performance, Canadian pop star The Weeknd has been chosen to play the halftime show but where he plays and how he plays are logistics that still need to be worked out.
The National Football League (NFL) is now debating on whether to move the 2021 Halftime Show into a “bubble” environment. By the word bubble, one might think that there is going to be a giant bubble enclosing all the musicians, dancers, and stagehands, but that is not exactly what the NFL has in mind.
This bubble is more like the one that saved the NBA season this year. The 2020 NBA Bubble, also referred to as the Disney Bubble or Orlando Bubble, had been the isolation zone at Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida, near Orlando.
The National Basketball Association (NBA created it) to protect its players from the COVID-19 pandemic during the final eight games of the 2019–2020 season. In fact, the NBA may be the U.S.’s best coronavirus success story, as there were no cases of coronavirus.
“We had zero positive tests,” MVP LeBron James. “We had zero positive tests for as long as we were here, 90-some days, 95 days maybe for myself. I had a little calendar I was checking off. But on a serious note, no positive tests. That’s a success for everybody that was involved.”
According to a recent report from Digital Music News, citing sources on the musical production side of the Super Bowl Halftime Show, their “bubble” would allow the NFL to isolate players, coaches, and attending fans from the considerable staff required to stage the Halftime Show.
Details on bubble venues and pre-event quarantining logistics are still currently under consideration, and they have settled nothing.
There is also the question of where the Halftime Show will take place. Ideally it would be near the Raymond James Stadium in Florida, which is expected to hose Super Bowl LV on February 7th. An indoor practice facility coupled with an outdoor performance area is also under consideration according to the Digital Music News report.
The NFL has to consider weather as an issue, as rain would be complicated with an outdoor performance. There could be motivation to move the Halftime Show to a location like Arizona or Southern California, where rain may not be a risk. The game itself would still play in Tampa.
One other solution up for consideration is to scale down the show and have fewer performers, back-up singers, and fireworks. This may not be too difficult with an intimate performer like The Weeknd.
“We all grow up watching the world’s biggest acts playing the Super Bowl, and one can only dream of being in that position. I’m humbled, honored and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage this year,” The Weeknd has said.
Despite how the show will be or where it will be, Jay-Z is optimistic that it’s going to be something phenomenal. “The Weeknd has introduced a sound all his own. His soulful uniqueness has defined a new generation of greatness in music and artistry,” said the rapper. “This is an extraordinary moment in time, and the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show is going to be an extraordinary experience with an extraordinary performer.”
“We are thrilled to have The Weeknd join us in Tampa Bay on the Pepsi Halftime Stage,” remarked Brian Rolapp, NFL Chief Media and Business Officer. “Halftime Show performances have a history of excellence and creativity and we look forward to seeing what he will bring to Super Bowl LV.”
It should be interesting to see what the NFL can pull off for Super Bowl LV. Even if it will not be the same as other years, we can still be thankful that the game and show have not been cancelled.