It’s not uncommon for athletes to be spotted in the stands or on the sidelines during the Super Bowl, and this week’s Super Bowl is no exception.
But it’s not a sight that comes as a surprise to many, as the Raiders, Seahawks and Steelers are among the teams that have taken steps to remove bathrooms and showers from their stadiums, with a few notable exceptions.
For the Steelers, the bathrooms were removed in 2001 following a sexual assault scandal in which four players were accused of sexually assaulting women and one of the women was a former player.
The Steelers then re-purposed the bathrooms, putting a metal barrier in place.
The team then installed a new locker room, but the barrier remained, preventing any players from accessing the facilities, including showers and changing areas.
The Raiders and the Steelers have taken similar measures with their locker rooms, but there is no public record of any team taking action against them.
While the Steelers and Raiders have been proactive with their bathrooms, other teams are not as far along in their removal plans.
The Atlanta Falcons, who have an NFL-high 18 active players, have not installed a barrier between their locker room and their team’s locker room since 2010, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Falcons have installed showers and other amenities into the locker rooms to help keep players safe and sanitary, but it is not clear if the team has followed through on those plans.
The Atlanta Falcons also have no plans to remove their bathrooms from their facilities, as there is a dedicated area where players use their showers and locker rooms.
According to the AJC, the Falcons’ only bathroom that was installed is on the third floor of the locker room.
While other teams have taken a more lenient approach to bathrooms, Atlanta is the only team to remove the barrier entirely.
The Falcons were forced to take action after they were accused by the NFL of defrauding the league of $2.3 million in a bid to keep the team in the Superdome.
The Superdomes owners were also accused of violating the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, which prohibits any team from defraud the league.
The NFL has not yet commented on the situation.