Should Major League Baseball allow fans inside baseball stadiums this season?
Bruce Levine, Sean Marshall and Tony Andracki joined host Cole Wright on Cubs 360 Daily, presented by Miller Lite to discuss whether the MLB should allow fans in their stadiums.
Major League baseball owners are reported finalizing their economic proposal to the Players Association. The two sides are still negotiating and there is a possibility that baseball games could be played with no fans in attendance.
“I think everyone would love to see fans, the players in particular. It’s a lot of uncertainty. With fans come a lot of preparation by the ball park employees to sanitize the stadium, where to put these people, are they going to want concessions, are they going to order concessions from our seats,” Marshall said. “I want these players to have fans to create energy, create the fun environment that Wrigley Field can bring to these players, but there’s a lot of uncertainty still.”
Marshall mentioned that the Miami Dolphins are planning a way to have fans show up at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Fla.
Andracki agreed with Marshall about having fans in stadiums. Andracki believed that having fans would be good for players.
“Players want fans there cheering whether it’s only 10,000 or 1,000. [It] would be preferable to an empty, quiet stadium. I don’t know how they would work on the entrances and the concessions, and how is everybody going to walk through the building just to get to their seats,” Andracki said. “Even with wearing a mask, I’m not sure how the logistics of it all would work, but I think MLB should do everything they can to try to empower their teams to make it a reality.”
Levine stated that outside of the health risk being a major factor, alienating fans is another concern.
“Who do you allow in the ballpark? Your season ticket holders have four tickets but they have to sit three or four seats apart. How do you accomplish that? And more importantly, how many fans will be interested in going especially initially, without having the science to back up what is going to occur,” Levine said.
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