How Major League stadiums adapt to new COVID procedures


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In this Nov. 1, 2020, file photo, spectators wear face masks to protect against COVID-19 during the first half of an NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers, in Baltimore.

Riley Wallace, Staffer

Some major league stadiums are letting fans attend the games, some aren’t. Stadiums have a limited amount of people that can be in the stands. Covid-19 cases in the state determine if the stadiums let in hundreds of people in every game or thousands of people.


Covid-19 has really had an effect on sports and makes it difficult to play. Major League Sports are trying to protect players, coaches, staff members and fans by practicing social distancing, keeping masks on and washing hands. 


During the NBA playoffs they started to loosen up on Covid restrictions. They were allowed players to have their families come and watch the game in person as long as they wore masks and practiced social distancing. 


 On the other hand, MLB (Major League Baseball) did not allow fans in the stadium for the whole 60 game season, but if you wanted to be a part of the fun, fans could send in a picture of themselves to the MLB team and have a cutout of them in the stands. If a ball landed in your seat, they shipped it to your house.


 At the start of the NFL, they were only allowing open roof stadiums to have people in the stands. Now every stadium can have an audience, but they only can have 20 percent capacity of fans to attend games. Masks are mandatory and social distancing is enforced. 


Commissioner of the NBA can tell that they are going to have struggles for the next season. “ The League might not start the next  regular season until 2021,” Adam Silver said. When the NBA started the league back up they only had a few teams left to make it to the playoffs, so now all 32 teams are coming back next season.