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Lack of Fans in the Stands

September 22, 2020

Christine Snyder

Most stands in arenas and stadiums across the country are void of fans, as teams and leagues follow suggested practices in their unique Return to Play plans. From cheering on your kid on the soccer field via streaming video to scrapping season tickets to your NFL team, sports fans have been adjusting to new spectator conditions.

What are the pros doing?

Twenty-two NFL teams are currently not allowing fans due to state COVID-19 restrictions. Ten teams have committed to allowing fans inside their stadium in a limited capacity at some point this season.

No one is too happy – from those previously planning to purchase tickets to a game to the NFL who stands to lose approximately $5.5 billion in sales, or 38% of stadium revenue. Due to social distancing guidelines, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends venues only allow 20-25% of their full capacity, at the most.

 

CDC guidelines for attending games

We are all rooting for spectating to return to normal. But the situation remains highly fluid, and no one knows exactly when that will be. In the meantime, if you are able and planning to attend a sports event in-person, please remember these CDC recommendations:

  • Avoid moving from your seats and using the restroom or concessions areas at high traffic times, such as intermission, half-time, or immediately after the event
  • Refrain from shouting and chanting as respiratory droplets easily spread. Instead, stomp, clap, or use handheld noise makers.
  • No high fives or hugs when your team scores, wins, or otherwise
  • Don’t share food, drinks or personal items with other attendees
  • Groups from different households should remain at least six feet apart from each other at all times
  • Wear a mask or face covering
  • Don’t travel from outside your home area to attend an event

 

Follow the rules off the field

Teams, players, and staff are going to great lengths to follow specific guidelines to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Fans who follow CDC guidelines and any rules established by the sports program will help to ensure we all get back in the stands soon.


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