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The Great Feeling to Have Fans Back in Stadiums After This Pandemic Is Over

Ryan Beltran

Posted on August 23, 2020 04:26

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There are still lots of questions on when things will be back to what it once was before the current global pandemic. Many things, such as sports, are certainly missed. This includes the large attendance of fans in stadiums, arenas and fields that give games the very important energy we wish to experience again.

After five months, the world is still experiencing a global pandemic that has halted the daily lives of many worldwide. In the meantime, sports have resumed their operations after months of postponement.

Three weeks ago the NBA restarted the 2019-2020 NBA season and the NBA playoffs recently took off this past Monday. Across the continent in Europe, the top leagues like the EPL (English Premier League), La Liga, and Serie A already finished, and other leagues in America like the MLB and NHL have been currently ongoing as well.

During the resumption of sports leagues across the world, one of the biggest effects on sports because of Coronavirus has been the absence of fans and crowds. Having sports back has been great and many sports enthusiasts are just grateful to just watch what they love.

Still, even with many sports back in action, the absence of fans has been deeply missed and many wish things could be back to normal as quickly as possible.

With no fans present, it has enabled fans to witness new and different viewing experiences than usual. In the NBA, real-life attendance of fans has been replaced by "virtual fans" on big screens during games, while in other sports leagues makeshift crowd noises or cardboard layouts of fans have been used to try to give players some sort of resemblance of real, live game atmospheres.

The ideas from the leagues to replicate crowds have been certainly interesting and have provided some sort of energy for players, but the atmosphere in these games still don’t match the real-life ambiance of loud cheers and intensity that we usually see from fans during competitive games.

Especially with the beginning of the NBA playoffs this past week and the 2020 UEFA Champions League Final tournament in Europe, you personally feel the emptiness even when you enjoy watching the quality competitive games. Whether it is an NBA playoff game or a high-stake NFL postseason game in January, echoes from the crowds that fill the stadiums with a deafening atmosphere are incredible to witness.

For me, seeing the games with no real-life audiences makes you really appreciate how important crowds really were before the pandemic took into effect. As much as the quality of play on the field is the main attraction, large crowds of passionate fans supporting teams during a live game is also a significant part of sports culture that gives sports certain feelings from fans that can sometimes make sports more special compared to other forms of entertainment.

Overall, we are all grateful some things like sports are at least happening at this moment to give us solace during these times.

I just feel like the empty stadiums with no physical presence of fans are something that is dearly missed among many fans. It should be a humbling feeling to see the usual crowds at live games once again when the world goes back to normal.

Ryan Beltran

Posted on August 23, 2020 04:26

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Source: FOX Sports

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