NFL Teams Light Stadiums Blue to Support Medical Pros During COVID-19 Pandemic

Blake SchusterCorrespondent IIApril 10, 2020

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA  - APRIL 09: The Hard Rock stadium is seen during the Light It Blue initiative on April 09, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Landmarks and buildings across the nation are displaying blue lights to show support for health care workers and first responders on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.   (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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On Thursday evening, NFL stadiums across the country joined in with the #LightItBlue campaign to support health care workers who are on the frontlines of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.Β 

From AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, to New Era Field in Buffalo, New York, the NFL used its collective might to send a small dose of love to those putting themselves in harm's way. It's a memorable show of solidarity at a time when professional sports have been forced to press pause.Β 

John Clark @JClarkNBCS

Lincoln Financial Field and Wells Fargo Center are lit blue tonight for healthcare workers on front lines. We are thinking of you πŸ™πŸΌ #LightItBlue πŸ“Έ @NHLFlyers @dk__create https://t.co/4yg7tEZgFm

Chicago Bears @ChicagoBears

Tonight with others around the country we #LightItBlue to show our support for healthcare, front line, and essential workers putting their lives on the line every day to fight against this pandemic. From our team to yours, thank you. πŸ»β¬‡οΈ https://t.co/KeaMepn0jI

New England Patriots @Patriots

Lighting @GilletteStadium blue in support of our healthcare heroes & front line workers who are working tirelessly to keep us safe. #LightItBlue | #TogetherWhileApart https://t.co/ahH8yT65I1

New York Jets @nyjets

Tonight @MetLifeStadium is lit blue to thank all those fighting on the front lines against COVID-19. We are so grateful for these brave heroes in this time of need. #LightItBlue | #StayHomeStayStrong πŸ’šπŸ’™ https://t.co/eV5Dh2b6AB

Heinz Field @heinzfield

Tonight, we #LightItBlue in solidarity with our frontline workers across the world. We #StayAtHome so they can keep us safe. #MakeItBlue https://t.co/SCnp3z1Mhi

Minnesota Vikings @Vikings

A special thank you to all of the frontline workers fighting COVID-19. #LightItBlue https://t.co/JVuBhDOWvV

International landmarks around the world began illuminating their structures in blue light last week following the lead of the United Kingdom. The movement quickly gained steam in the United States shortly after. The show of gratitude has continued to spread into the sports world where some of America's most notable arenas and stadiums teamed up for the cause.

The #LightItBlue movement follows weeks of regional 8:00 p.m. cheering sessions where those self-isolating in their homes step outside to create as much noise and applause as possible in support of health care workers. The nightly applause started in Italy last month and has continued to grow louder each night.

Now, cities can add a visual to their routine by lighting their homes up blue to pay respect.Β