A Penalty for Traveling

by | Apr 27, 2020

Sports at every level around the globe have been canceled or postponed since mid-March due to the spread of the coronavirus. With the coronavirus pandemic dictating the capacity of social gatherings, live sports will likely look very different in the future.

The new normal: Sports architect Don Barnum said teams would need to make “required and necessary renovations” to sports stadiums to honor social distancing guidelines, at least in the short term.

Barnum’s firm found that “luxe box” seating, with four seats separated by six feet in all directions from other people in the seating bowl sections, would honor distancing rules. On the plus side, you can finally put your feet up on the seat in front of you!

Entrance logistics would be reasonably straightforward. Arena staff would need to manage access points differently, and “meter people as they come in.” Teams can distribute arrival times to fans to avoid overloading security staff, as temperature testing could be included, Barnum said.

Barnum said capacity estimations came in around 17-20% of what stadiums are built to hold, which causes revenues issues. Will sports arenas be taking in enough money from ticket sales to offset the cost of operations? Maybe, if they continue charging $20 for a hotdog.  

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