The latest reports about how/when the MLB season will start include the possibility of playing in empty stadiums. This seems like the responsible thing to do. Perhaps the big question is what to do with the Blue Jays, as the city of Toronto has canceled city events thru June 30. Maybe expecting games to resume before then is optimistic. Yet I hold out hope that by playing in empty stadiums that Opening Day can come before the All-Star game. It’s good to have hope – sometimes that’s all you’ve got.
If you ever went to a September game at Shea in the late 70s-early 80s – you’ll have an idea of what a game with no fans might be like. It will be very curious to see what the TV numbers are like if fans are not allowed in. Will they go up because the 30,000 or so people who would normally be at the game are now watching on TV, instead? Or will fans have adjusted to life without daily games and choose to spend their time doing other things?
It seems either one could be true. One thing is for sure, though. You never want your customers realizing how they can live without your product. The quicker games can be played with reasonable safety — the better. Bring on the games in empty stadiums, for the good of the game. And my mental health.