Survey of Packers fans shows more than half don’t want to go to games

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The Packers have already announced that they plan on having reduced capacity at Lambeau Field this season.

That might be easy to pull off, since it appears many of their fans aren’t interested in being  among their brethren at a game anyway.

According to Richard Ryman of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, a survey showed that over half of respondents (54.7 percent) said they wouldn’t attend a game this year, mostly because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Until there is a vaccine, I have zero interest in attending any games,” said season ticket holder Scott Barker of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “I don’t believe it is possible to social distance in a stadium that holds 80,000+ people, and it is unrealistic that people will follow the rules and wear face masks.”

Of the 1,207 respondents in their unscientific survey, 42.5 percent said they wouldn’t attend because of the virus, while 9.6 percent of respondents said they would not attend because of the NFL’s decision to play “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (often called the black national anthem), and the possibility players will kneel during the national anthem; and 7.8 percent gave other reasons.

The Packers have said they’d play with reduced capacity this year, and require any fans who might attend to wear masks. They’ve also sent masks to season ticket holders, and offered those members the opportunity to opt out of this year and get refunds or apply it to next year’s balance.

Even those who didn’t cite the virus specifically said they were afraid restrictions would make it less of an experience.

“Going to a football game at Lambeau Field, or any stadium for that matter, is not just to watch the game. It’s the tailgating, meeting up with seasonal friends and enjoying the camaraderie of others that makes it a special day. With all of the precautions set in place for COVID-19, I just don’t see that happening in an enjoyable way,” Wayne Sargent of Campbellsport, Wisconsin said. “All considered, my opinion is that either it’s all or nothing, and I’m going with nothing for this season.”

Again, this was an unscientific survey, but while teams are focused on how much supply they can offer this year, there should be as much concern over demand.

16 responses to “Survey of Packers fans shows more than half don’t want to go to games

  1. Season ticket holders who stay home may realize that the advantages of watching the game from home outweigh going to the games and paying all of that money every year.

  2. As I said in another thread, we as fans can’t be safe in even a reduced capacity stadium because there is still a *idiotic group* that refuses to take the steps to protect the lives of their fellow Americans.

    The season will be played and Packer Nation will support the Pack 100% as always. Packers fans won’t miss a second of any game, just will not be in attendance at Lambeau Field this season. We feel the games can be played safely with protocols in place for the players, but the few “fans” still refusing to take the virus seriously, make it not ok to risk being around them inside the stadium.

    Can’t wait for the season!

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  3. The real reason is that Packer fans can’t enjoy a football game without drinking beer.

    You can’t drink beer if you’re wearing a mask, so obviously they won’t attend the games.

  4. As difficult as it is for me to say, I have serious doubts that fans will even be allowed to attend games this year, or even that a complete season will be played.
    Right now, things appear to be a mess.
    It’s going to be quite difficult to keep the virus at bay and out of locker rooms this season, at least until a vaccine is introduced into the equation.
    Unless you completely quarantine teams and their players in some sort of a bubble, NBA style, I don’t see it happening. (I sincerely hope I’m wrong about this.)

    The early returns from the other major sports, that are in the process of starting up again, will tell us a lot.
    Either way, I’m opting out of my season tickets, as are several of my friends.
    It’s an easy decision for me.

    As was posted in this article, the Packers game day experience is much more than just sitting in the stands for three hours watching football.
    It’s a baptism of beer and brats, where friends and foes alike enjoy the company of other NFL Football fans.
    A meeting place for friends we’ve all grown to know over many seasons.

    It’s just not possible to do this safely in the climate we currently reside in.
    And if I can borrow a phrase, the yearly December mantra from the fans just to the West of us, “There’s always next year!”

  5. I highly doubt the survey results -How can one believe it when you have the following information “”Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Down ‘Safer At Home’ Order””” – “”Wisconsin reported its highest number of new COVID-19 cases (754) confirmed through testing in a single day according to new data released Thursday.”””

    Obviously people are not taking this virus seriously in this state and until they wear masks, close their bars and self distance the virus will spread. The whole of Canada had only 754 cases on the same day. So if they go to the bars and the beaches and the race tracks, then they will go to Lambeau.

  6. I say this with all seriousness and no disrespect intended — if cheesers are hesitant to attend Lambeau in this covid-climate, then the NFL will have major attendance issues if they open up the stadiums.

  7. When they need to have their finger on the pulse of what players and fans are really thinking, where do they go? Lambeau, Rodgers, and Packer fans, of course.

  8. 10% of people not wanting to go to games over the kneeling/demonstrations paints a picture of people not wanting politics in sports

  9. After the beat down San Fran gave GB last year, I would opt out of wanting to see anymore of this team either…

  10. Alan Light says:
    July 13, 2020 at 5:47 pm
    After the beat down San Fran gave GB last year, I would opt out of wanting to see anymore of this team either…
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    So you don’t plan to watch the Vikings, after being beaten down twice by the Packers?

    Scoreboard.

  11. while 9.6 percent of respondents said they would not attend because of the NFL’s decision to play “Lift Every Voice and Sing”
    ___
    Only 9.6 percent? Please.

  12. cheeseisfattening says:
    July 14, 2020 at 3:42 pm
    while 9.6 percent of respondents said they would not attend because of the NFL’s decision to play “Lift Every Voice and Sing”
    ___
    Only 9.6 percent? Please.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Please? Please what? Please don’t ask the same question in Minnesota?

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