Major sporting events and NO spectator

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1. Posted by Cottonwood (Respected Member 508 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

As the USA is watching our Football Superbowl, do any of you miss traveling to your favorite sporting event and being a spectator(or player) in the stands do to the Covid deal?

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 4637 posts) 3w 1 Star this if you like it!

I don't normally go to many myself but several members of my family have season tickets at Manchester United, and I know they're missing it terribly! I watch the games on TV and it's strange with no crowd - virtual silence after a goal and being able to hear the players shout to each other.

As the premier league in the UK finishes around early May, I don't see fans returning to stadiums this season and possibly not even at the beginning of next.

3. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1583 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

NZ is a bit of an anomaly - we're going about things fairly normally so international rugby and cricket has continued as have many of the domestic sports with unrestricted spectators. We really don't know how lucky we are here.

Statistically, the English Premier League is fascinating - the number of away wins is unprecedented. Teams do not have the backing of 30 000+ home supporters and there's no pressure on officials to award penalties (or not). It could be the basis of a PhD!

4. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 1003 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I'm a big fan of boxing and MMA fights - matches have been going on for a while now after a very brief pause in the action. The lack of crowds has, according to many fighters, changed things in one particular way...

No spectators has meant the fighters can now hear the commentators quite well. This has caused many fighters to think more about what they can or should do be doing differently based on what the expert commentators say - sort of like another set of coaches or trainers in their corner. Essentially, it's a much more critical and technical bit of banter the fighters can now hear. Of course, this extra set of critique can change the psyche of a fighter for the better or it can ruin them.

As for fans watching at home without the noise of screaming crowds: Who knew a punch to the head could sound so much different than a punch to the body?

5. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 1003 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

...on that note, here's something seen too often (in my opinion) nowadays, at least at many sporting events taking place in the US: simulated crowds. x100

When sport events resumed, broadcasters (again, at least in the US) were concerned if viewers at home would continue to tune in without seeing fans in the stands.

From cardboard cutouts of oohing and awing folks to actual monitors used as avatars, complete with a video loop of reacting faces - it's all gone a bit freaky...

I'm grateful this isn't a thing with any of the boxing or MMA matches I've watched so far and I hope it stays that way.

6. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1445 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Melbourne went into a 5 day lockdown and now there are no spectators at the Australian Open. There is no cheering of clapping. I wonder if the players find it better or worst