Imagine being an NBA player and playing against another team with no fans in the arena. That would practically feel like a practice, just facing another team. That would suck for me as a player, since I know how valuable a home crowd is for me. The giant arena would be so quiet. This is what’s starting to happen around the world, with the COVID-19 becoming a bigger and bigger threat every day. I think that this is just getting started.
Italy was the first country that I saw declare that no fans can be allowed into a stadium. Their country has been declared a “level 3 emergency,” so it’s very serious over there. The Champions League soccer tournament is going on in Europe right now, and they have played games with no fans, and it’s so sad to see because no one is there. The stadium looks so dead and it doesn’t feel right.
LeBron James was asked what he’d do if the NBA were to do the same thing and he said, “If I show up to an arena and there ain’t no fans in there, I ain’t playing.” According to Forbes, James later changed his stance to say that it would suck but it’s the right thing for everyone, which is huge since it’s hard to accept something like this. This scare also comes in time for March Madness, where a ton of money is made.
LeBron on the idea of playing NBA games in empty arenas, without fans: "That's impossible. I ain't playing if I ain't got the fans in the crowd. That's who I play for. If I show up to an arena and there ain't no fans in there, I ain't playing. They can do what they want to do." pic.twitter.com/Rf07n4GZOD
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) March 8, 2020
What would happen if no fans were allowed at these events? A lot of money would be lost, so would the powers that be charge the fans just to watch the game on TV or online? Only time will tell, and right now, it’s looking like there won’t be fans anywhere. Today the NBA announced that the Golden State Warriors home game against the Nets would take place with no fans. Is this the beginning of something that will most likely spread to every team? Tickets will be refunded and a lot will have to be done to fix this.
Now the NCAA just reported that the tournament will also take place without any fans.
Guess we will just have to wait and see what happens with the rest of the teams in the near future.
By Angel Britocastro, Freshman, College of the Holy Cross