COVID-19 reality clashes with Super Bowl in Tampa area: 'It's really awful every day'

COVID-19 testing sign near Raymond James Stadium   |   COVID-19 testing sign near Raymond James Stadium | Photo by Josh Peter / USA Today Sports

TAMPA, Fla. – Raymond James Stadium not only is the site of Super Bowl 55, but also a symbol of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 440,000 Americans.

More than 1,300 of those people died in Hillsborough County, which encompasses Tampa among its 1.4 million residents and this week includes fitting juxtaposition.  

Colorful Super Bowl signage has brightened the 65,890-seat stadium, where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. A digital roadside sign nearby shows COVID-19 testing is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The stadium has served as a testing site. 

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