Super Bowl 2021: Plenty of star power on show for housebound NFL fans

Just three days out from Super Bowl 55, Kansas City and Tampa Bay fans have been warned not to attend viewing parties during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But there'll be no shortage of star power on display to keep them entertained. 

Coronavirus may have interfered with this year's NFL finale, but it hasn't dampened Buccaneers supporters' spirits.

"Who would have thought this time last year Tampa Bay would be playing in a Super Bowl final in our town?" says one.

And who would have thought the US President's chief medical advisor would be issuing specific guidance ahead of this year's event.

"Enjoy the game, watch it on television, but do it with the people in your immediate family," says Dr Anthony Fauci. 

That message has been backed by the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

"We're all going to enjoy the Super Bowl a little different this year and Sunday won't be any different," he says. 

No different, except the stadium will only be filled to a third of capacity, as Buccaneers quarterback star Tom Brady makes his 10th Super Bowl appearance. 

And star power will certainly feature during the halftime commercials.

The halftime ads are big business, with a 30-second spot costing more than NZ$7.5 million dollars - that's a lot of Dorritos!

But behind the lighthearted ads lies a serious message from halftime headline act - The Weeknd.

"I definitely want to be respectful to the viewers at home," says the Canadian singer/songwriter.

That's music to the ears of the 100 million people around the world, expected to tune in on Monday.

Join us at 12:30pm Monday for live updates of the Super Bowl between Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs