The National Football League which is often termed as NFL is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC).
In the world, the NFL is classified as one of the four major North American professional sports leagues and the highest professional level of American football.
Initially, it was formed as American Professional Football Association (APFA) before renaming itself the National Football League for the 1922 season. The ultimate team that holds the most combined NFL championships with thirteen, winning nine titles before the Super Bowl era and four Super Bowls afterward is the Green Bay Packers.
Do NFL players still have to stay in hotels for home games?
Yes, NFL players still have to stay in hotels for home games. NFL teams sleeping in hotels is not news to most people, but the fact that they stay in hotels for home games may be. During the pandemic of the 2020 season, the NFL elevated this selective tradition to an actual league mandate.
The rule reads: “The Home Team will be required to stay at the team hotel the night prior to each game. All hotels must comply with the requirements set forth in the Team Travel Protocol and must provide parking for all players and essential staff segregated from the public.”
This ruling has been implemented to prevent NFL athletes from mixing with the general public in an effort to reduce the chance of COVID-19 cases. The last thing the NFL wants is games to be canceled because multiple NFL players test positive.
So one strategy they are using is creating a mini-bubble that sees NFL players including the home team confined to a hotel prior to the game.