With the Super Bowl on the horizon, there’s still a long way to go before the confettles arrive.
Here’s what we know so far: • The Super Bowl will be played on Sunday, Feb. 5.
• The ceremony will take place at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. • At halftime, the confederate flag will be lowered from the rafters.
• There will be a “Free Speech” section, where fans can take part in an open mic, sing, dance and wave Confederate flags.
• This year, the event will feature a “White House Day” ceremony, during which the White House will take a minute of silence to honor the memory of the nine U.S. soldiers who died in the Civil War.
• An honorary chairman will be selected by the Whitehouse.
• A special reception will be held on the field after the halftime ceremony, where guests will get to meet the presidents of the confederation and the Confederacy.
• While there will be no fireworks, the fireworks will be controlled by the city of New York and the New Jersey Division of Fire, according to The Associated Press.
• Officials from the state of New Jersey have called for more flags to be flown at half-staff, including the confederal flag.
• All players will be required to wear a white dress and a “Blue Lives Matter” hat during the ceremony.
• For the first time in history, the national anthem will be sung, and all players will have to remain seated during the performance.
• After the ceremony, players will take turns delivering speeches and taking questions.
• Players will be asked to wear their own hats during the anthem.
The ceremony itself will be streamed on Facebook Live, where there will also be a live stream of the event, with the official score announced later in the day.
• Some teams will be allowed to wear white.
There will also not be any “Free-speech” flags.
There are also no plans to have the conferencing center in East Jersey.
There’s no indication when the ceremony will be broadcast, but it will be available on the NFL Network on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
• According to The New York Times, the players will wear black or navy to honor those who died.