Jonathan Kraft makes case for full capacity at 2021 games

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The 2021 NFL season begins in five months. When it comes to the pandemic, a lot can and will happen between now and then. And there continues to be a belief that, by September, NFL teams will be able to host full stadiums of fans.

“Once vaccines have been available in a community for a long enough period of time where anyone who’s wanted one could’ve gotten it and reached two weeks past their second shot, just to take the outlying point, then I don’t know why you shouldn’t be at full capacity,” Patriots president Jonathan Kraft, who also serves as chair of the Massachusetts General Hospital Board of Trustees, said late last week at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, according to the Boston Globe (via NBC Sports Boston). “It’s sort of intellectually dishonest to say we’re going to be at a quarter percent of capacity even though theoretically you have herd immunity in the local population. At some point you have to get back to living your lives.”

Kraft’s comments capture the potential tension between medical realities and political sensitivities come September. In some states, the doors to sports venues will be thrown open. In others, they won’t be — regardless of whether they should be.

Come September, the relevant medical experts will be making decisions in every state and locality where the NFL does business. Hopefully those decisions will be made based solely on the prevailing science, whatever it may be after five more months of vaccinations and other developments.

Even more hopefully, people will continue to get vaccinations. That’s one of the key steps toward finally turning the page on COVID-19 and moving forward in ’21 and ’22.

15 responses to “Jonathan Kraft makes case for full capacity at 2021 games

  1. My only question is, what is the purpose of a vaccine that does not prevent the acquiring or transmission of the virus it’s supposed to stop?

  2. If everyone gets vaccinated then it’s possible, even likely, to have “normal” games again with fans in the stands. As long as there are morons that refuse the vaccine though, who can say.

  3. The problem is the anti-science people who refuse to get vaccinated. Do those of us who are trying to be safe and responsible really want to sit in between two super spreaders?

  4. The easy (and safe) way to have full capacity is to require every attendee to show their full vaccination card. That way responsible people can feel safe in attending.

    If the anti-vaxxers want to exercise their right to be infected, that’s cool. However, actions, or more accurately non-actions, have consequences.

  5. There hasn’t been a single active case in my county for over a month. And we’ve never had any mask mandates. Science is funny…

  6. Proof of vaccination should be required. Deny science, deny admission to a football game.
    COVID-19 has killed over 550,000 Americans , how some Americans still don’t understand that getting vaccinated is the only way to stop this pandemic is just unbelievable.

  7. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    April 12, 2021 at 9:30 am
    Proof of vaccination should be required. Deny science, deny admission to a football game.
    COVID-19 has killed over 550,000 Americans , how some Americans still don’t understand that getting vaccinated is the only way to stop this pandemic is just unbelievable.
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    Yup, Same people who think Tom Brady hid behind closed doors and deflated footballs.

    My local pediatricians office told me they have not treated 1 case of RSV this Winter/Spring and very little flu as well. Masks work in preventing spread of viruses, it ain’t rocket science folks, just simple science.

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    If you don’t want to get the Covid vaccine fine, your choice, but don’t get mad when a private entity refuses your admission/service,etc… can’t have it both ways.

  8. I’ve got both shots, and by September so will everyone who wants it .
    I say let in every one, no proof of vaccination required.
    If you get Covid , its on you.

    Now if I was a business I’d want my workers to get vaccinated so there is no chance of a mass sick out hindering operations.

  9. Even if you’re one of the rare people who get the vaccine and then get Covid, the vaccines have a fantastic record of keeping vaccinated people out of hospitals and out of the morgue. I don’t understand why society shouldn’t return to normal because some people choose not to get the vaccine. If they get Covid it’s their own fault.

  10. We, as a nation, have the potential to be at herd immunity, within the next 2-3 months. However, we will not reach that. And, we may never reach that. There are simply too many people refusing to be vaccinated. Why? Because, even though there has been 140 million cases and 3 million deaths worldwide, and there have been 800 million vaccine doses given with zero deaths, some say “it’s too dangerous to be vaccinated”. That’s fine. But guess what? Then you shouldn’t be allowed to attend games. The NFL won’t make it mandatory, but they should. Be vaccinated, or don’t come to games.

  11. springfield says:
    April 12, 2021 at 8:55 am
    There hasn’t been a single active case in my county for over a month. And we’ve never had any mask mandates. Science is funny…
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    Tell us how many died in your county from Feb 2020 to today. Maybe “funny” doesn’t mean what you think it means.

  12. feadshipman says:
    April 12, 2021 at 6:56 am
    My only question is, what is the purpose of a vaccine that does not prevent the acquiring or transmission of the virus it’s supposed to stop?
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    95% isn’t good enough for you? 100% effectiveness against death isn’t good enough for you? The only thing that is slowing down the eradication of covid is people that refuse to get vaccinated.

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