2021 Super Bowl LV: Everything You Need To Know Before Watching The Big Game


We’re only a few hours away from the ultimate football Sunday and possibly one of the greatest quarterback matchups in Super Bowl history. Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tom Brady will bring the heat to the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on Sunday, February 7  to determine who will take home the Super Bowl LV championship.

To make sure you are fully prepared for later, Celeb Secrets crafted a cheat sheet of all Super Bowl festivities that you can’t miss. Whether you tune in for the game, celeb performances, eye-catching commercials, or the halftime show, we got you covered!

GIVE us a follow on Twitter at @celebsecrets and IG at @celebsecrets, as we’ll be live-tweeting and Instagramming the best moments from the #TikTokTailgate Livestream, The Weeknd’s Pepsi Halftime Show, and the Verizon after party! 


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When is the 2021 Super Bowl LV? 

The 2021 NFL Super Bowl LV will air TONIGHT, February 7. Kick-off is set to be at @ 6:30 p.m. ET and will be held at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. This will be the fifth Super Bowl hosted in the Tampa area and is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Bucs are the first-ever team in NFL history to play in a Super Bowl at their home stadium. However, this is not the only event that will go down in history, as three women break the NFL gender barrier! You will see two female assistant coaches, Maral Javadifar and Lori Locust of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Sarah Thomas – the first-ever female to officiate Super Bowl Sunday.

Where can you watch the game? 

You can watch (1) Kansas City Chiefs and the (5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers battle it out on CBS. If you don’t have cable, you can now watch the game for FREE on CBSSports.comCBS All Access, and the CBS Sports App. The Big Game is also available on the NFL App and the Yahoo Sports App.

How is everyone staying safe amid the pandemic? 

To adhere to public health precautions and COVID-19 restrictions, Super Bowl LV will look quite different this year, as it will be the smallest Super Bowl in history. However, the game will be one of the largest outdoor events held in the United States since the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

The NFL announced that there will be 25,000 fans at the stadium, including 7,500 vaccinated health care workers (who have received FREE tickets) and 30,000 cutouts of fans and celebrities in the stands. Each fan who walks into the stadium has received a PPE Kit upon arrival and is required to wear the protective equipment during the game.

The Florida Department of Health also encourages everyone in the state of Florida to avoid gathering in groups larger than 10. According to an NFL memo that was sent out pre-game, the players and coaches even have to follow the rules and guidelines when it comes to celebrating the big W.

“While we understand that this achievement is worthy of celebration, the (NFL) Management Council and NFLPA would like to pass along important guidance regarding postgame celebrations attended by players, coaches, and staff from our participating teams,” says the memo.

Is there a Tailgate Party this year? 


Pop-star Miley Cyrus will start the party and headline at the NFL TikTok Tailgate at 2:30 p.m. ET. The NFL and the social media platform have partnered up to deliver a matchless experience for health care workers only. The tailgate will take place on location for the 7,500 vaccinated heroes that will also be attending the game. Steve Harvey and journalist MJ Acosta will host the fun-filled #TikTokTailgate Livestream.  


If you already have FOMO, no worries! You can tune in through the NFL’s TikTok page (@NFL) that will be LIVE for two hours straight. The event will also feature current/former NFL athletes and several other stars such as Kane Brown, Rebel Wilson, Ajani Huff, Dave Jorgenson, Adam Devine, and Trace McSorley


Before you whip up your favorite Super Bowl dish, tune into the Livestream. Some of our favorite TikTok creators like Jack Mancuso (@chefcusi), Tatayanna Mitchell (@goodeatswithtati), and chef Matt Broussard (@acoknameddmatt) will be serving up some hot game-day recipes for fans to try at home. 

Besides The Weeknd at half time, who else is performing at the Big Game?

Before kick-off, R&B artist Jazmine Sullivan and country star Eric Church will take the field to sing the National Anthem. Alongside the talented duo, deaf rapper Warren ‘WAWA’ Snipe will be doing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in American Sign Language. WAWA will also be performing “America the Beautiful” in A.S.L. next to singer and songwriter H.E.R.

Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman speaks at the inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today’s inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States.
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Remember the young and influential poet that took the podium at the Biden-Harris Inauguration? Well, 22-year-old Amanda Gorman will leave us speechless yet again before the Chiefs and Buccaneers play ball. 


Gorman will recite a poem in-stadium before the game to honor Suzie Dorner, a nurse, Trimaine Davis, an educator, and James Martin, a Marine veteran. In fact, all three pandemic heroes were appointed as “captains” by the NFL for the 2021 Super Bowl. 

What do I need to know about The Weeknd’s Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show?

The 2021 Super Bowl Halftime show will be like no other, as The Weeknd is getting crafty and thinking outside the box to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines.

The roughly 13-minute show will, of course, incorporate the iconic field, but the artist shared during a press conference that he will not “limit” himself to just the main stage. “Due to COVID and for the safety of the players and the workers, we built the stage within the stadium,” he said. “We’re also using the field as well, but we wanted to do something we’ve never done before, so we built the stage in the stadium. I’m not going to tell you anything else because you’ll have to watch on Sunday.”

The star will perform his single “Blinding Lights,” which has been at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 list for 47 weeks. He may even sneak in his other top tracks, “The Hills,” “Heartless,” and “Save Your Tears.

To coincide with his upcoming performance, The Weeknd teamed up with the NFL, Bravado, and Roc Nation to generate a limited-edition Super Bowl-themed apparel line. In addition to the clothing line, the NFL Foundation will be auctioning off a custom Wilson football autographed by the singer. All proceeds will go to “Charity Feed America.”

What commercials should I be looking out for?

It is no secret that Super Bowl Sunday is the one day out of the year that people actually want to watch ads. The captivating commercials keep us on the edge of our seats and wondering which mainstream brand would take home the award for “Best Commercial of The Year,” as they all try to one-up each other. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several notable names like Coke and Pepsi passed on advertising slots, leaving room for newcomers with star-studded commercials. You can now preview several of the clips that will air during the NFL smackdown NOW on YouTube. Expect icons like Dolly Parton, Nick Jonas, John Cena, Dan Levy, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Shaggy and Matthew McConaughey to grace your television screens while you chow down on some yummy football snacks.

Two Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tom Brady and Gronk, will make their grand appearance on the field and in the new T-Mobile commercial – check it out below!

Is there still going to be an after party?

To continue the Super Bowl Sunday celebration, Verizon will be hosting “Big Concert for Small Business,” a live event hosted by comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish. The night will consist of multiple performances from big names such as Alicia Keys, Brittany Howard, Brandi Carlile, Christina Aguilera, Eric Church, H.E.R., Jazmine Sullivan, Luke Bryan, and of course, Miley Cyrus.

The virtual concert produced by Roc Nation will highlight Verizon’s multi-year commitment to help small businesses flourish by committing $10 million in support of local initiatives to help business owners in underserved communities.

The livestream will start at 11 p.m. ET on Yahoo, FiOS, @Verizon on Twitter, Twitch, YouTube, TikTok, CMT, CBS Sports, MTV2, and MTV live. Audio will also be available on iHeart and Sirius.

Don’t forget — Super Bowl LV airs LIVE from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL TODAY, February 7th @ 6:30PM ET/3:30PM PT on CBS. 

Not sure who you’re rooting for this year? Take our quiz and find out! 


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