I remember as a kid, my first live sporting event. It was a baseball game the New York Yankees vs. the Oakland Athletics. It was Old-Timers Day; all the greats were there: Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggo, just to name a few. It was 1986; I was in the 3rd grade, and my favorite player at the time was Don Mattingly. Why? Because that was my teacher’s favorite player at the time, and I had a huge crush on her. Anyway, I remember walking towards the stadium, my heart racing, I couldn’t stop talking. I was so excited. It was a wonderful experience. An experience all fans of any age should experience. The crowd cheering, the 7th inning stretch, hoping a foul ball or homerun makes it into your section. The vendors yelling, “GET YA HOT DOGS HERE, NATHAN HOT DOGS!” Man, the memories of witnessing Dave Winfield hitting a homerun, hearing everyone cheer-what an awesome feeling!
Some of today’s fans may never get to experience a live sporting event due to “Covid-19”. This pandemic has changed the way we watch sports tremendously. No fans at a game? That’s unheard of! No cheering for your home team or even your favorite player? I don’t know about you, but this new normal sucks.
Some sports may change. For instance the “N.F.L” currently has a varying fan policy (https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/02/nfl), however the MLB, NHL, WNBA and NBA have had no fans in the stands at all. I wonder if this will carry over into the upcoming seasons….or beyond?