2021 could end up have huge differences in attendance among the various stadiums

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Saturday night’s boxing match at AT&T Stadium — attended by a pandemic record of 73,126 — is a sign of things to come when that venue once again hosts football games. Undoubtedly, the Dallas Cowboys will be playing before a full house this season.

Other NFL teams in other NFL cities in other NFL states will also have no limits on attendance when September rolls around, with the three venues in Florida certain to have no restrictions, either. Other teams will likely get similar clearance to throw the doors open, regardless of the status of the pandemic.

At the same time, other state and local governments could be reluctant to give a blank check to NFL teams who want to fill their stadiums. Will the three teams located in California be allowed to welcome full houses? How about the two teams in New Jersey? The team in New York? In Massachusetts? In Michigan? In Minnesota?

Politics continue to influence these decisions. That could, depending on the next four months, result in some teams having 100 percent capacity, others having less, and still others have far less.

That’s not ideal for the NFL. Although Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested last year (twice) that there’s no competitive advantage to having fans present, no one actually believes that (including Goodell, presumably). Depending on how things shake out this year, it won’t be a matter of 10 percent versus none; the difference could be as stark as the din of a packed venue in one town and crickets in another.

The clock is ticking. The pandemic is improving. It would be improving even faster if more people would get vaccinated. Will it improve enough by September for all teams to roll out the red carpet for green dollars and loud noises?

That remains to be seen. For now, there’s a chance that some teams will have a very real home-field advantage in 2021, and that some won’t.

21 responses to “2021 could end up have huge differences in attendance among the various stadiums

  1. It will take a lot more than easing of covid restrictions to fill the stadium in Jacksonville.

  2. Some people still wear two masks alone in their car, it might take a while before full stadiums are back.

  3. Mike Tyson said “everybody has a plan until they get hit with that first punch”. Having said that everybody better hope and pray those variants of COVID-19 in India does not make it to our shores or nobody is going to open up anything because it’s deadlier AND more contagious. Just a thought.

  4. “Some people still wear two masks alone in their car, it might take a while before full stadiums are back.”
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    I wonder if some people will ever really return to normal. I work with a lady who has been fully vaccinated for some time now. Yet she still wants to wear masks even around other vaccinated people and she announced the other day she was going to get a Covid test “just to see” even though she felt fine and hadn’t been around anybody who was ill.

  5. Who wants to actually go to a game anymore? Let’s see: $60 to park, average ticket price is over $100 and $12.50 for a watery beer. Throw in traffic and weather and the government doesn’t need to legislate it. All set with the big screen, bathroom and IPA sampler.

  6. Imagine being upset that the gov’t wont allow you to make your own decision.

    Open everything up and let people decide on their own, especially for a full stadium. People who want to go can and those that feel it isn’t safe can stay home.

  7. With the fear that’s still out there I would expect the teams to allow season ticket holders to opt out sooner then later.

  8. Isn’t the really big money in television anyway? An informative article on what difference game attendance actually makes would be great.

  9. nickfoliage says:
    May 10, 2021 at 12:45 pm
    Who wants to actually go to a game anymore? Let’s see: $60 to park, average ticket price is over $100 and $12.50 for a watery beer. Throw in traffic and weather and the government doesn’t need to legislate it. All set with the big screen, bathroom and IPA sampler.
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    Every season ticket holder I talk to is itching to get to a game. I think demand will be huge next year.

  10. In Massachusetts the expectation is that no restrictions will exist after August 1st of this year. Within an hour of the governor making that announcement the Patriots had emails out to ticket holders expressing excitement at the possibility of full crowds on opening weekend.

  11. andyreidsmustache says:
    May 10, 2021 at 12:51 pm
    And absolutely nothing changes for the chargers
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    The only question then is many Chiefs fans will be able to fill SoFi Stadium when the Chiefs visit the Chargers.

  12. Might be overstated to say that the pandemic is improving. So far, the world has been relatively lucky that the virus is not more lethal. However, that can change. If getting everyone vaccinated is the only way to stop this, then a lot of risk still out there.

  13. Its time to put the Radical Right, anti-vaxxers in their place. no full vaccination, no entry into Stadium. send a message NFL owners that ignorance and selfishness will not be tolerated.

  14. So proud to live in Texas, or as Biden would say home of the Neanderthals. Go Cowboys!!!

  15. So proud to live in California, where the goal of politicians is to help people vote, instead of making it as difficult as possible if you might vote for the other side.

  16. Soooooo….just wad up The Constitution? Sounds fantastic!

    howboutthemcowboys2020 says:
    May 11, 2021 at 6:56 am
    Its time to put the Radical Right, anti-vaxxers in their place. no full vaccination, no entry into Stadium. send a message NFL owners that ignorance and selfishness will not be tolerated.

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    fearsome4 says:

    May 11, 2021 at 9:54 am

    So proud to live in California, where the goal of politicians is to help people vote, instead of making it as difficult as possible if you might vote for the other side.

    Hows that recall of Newsom going. Politician for the people my backside….

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