Japan Fills Baseball Stadium To Test COVID Protection Measures In Race To Get Fans Back In The Stands

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Japan allowed a full crowd into a Tokyo baseball stadium Friday as the nation began testing its COVID protection measures. It will continue testing for three consecutive days. The goal is to see how the nation’s detection measures work with a crowd of 32,000 in attendance who will inevitably react to the action on the field.

“Engineers have installed dozens of high-resolution cameras and sensors across the stadium to monitor mask-wearing and the movements of excited fans, while CO2 detectors will be used to measure crowd density,” according to an Agence France-Presse report.

The data gathered will be entered into Japan’s “Fugaku” supercomputer to see what happens to airborne droplets. “With the wind, and the way stadiums are built with tiered seats, we need to know how droplets spread in such circumstances to prevent infections,” a Japanese official told AFP.

Yokohama Stadium, where the research will be gathered, will host baseball and softball during the Olympic Games which are now set for July 2021. Japan will also start testing what happens to droplets inside domed stadiums.

Why does this all matter here? There’s a report that Super Bowl LV will have just 13,000 fans allowed into the game, Adam Silver wants fans in the stands when the NBA returns, and Major League Baseball desperately needs fans in the stands come April. At this point, any data on how to proceed is better than no data.

Major League Baseball is already using words such as “devastating” for what things would look like financially if fans aren’t in the stands for the 2021 season.

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YOKOHAMA, JAPAN – OCTOBER 30: A CO2 recorder is positioned in a seating area in Yokohama Stadium ahead of a baseball match between Yokohama DeNA Baystars and Hanshin Tigers. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
A security guard monitors a thermal imaging camera as fans arrive at Yokohama Stadium ahead of a baseball game between Yokohama DeNA Baystars and Hanshin Tigers. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
(Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

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Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. Yeah, I’m a big proponent of dropping restrictions on attendance and letting fans determine if they want to attend or not. I haven’t heard of any outbreaks from football or baseball crowds. If someone is afraid of covid they won’t go, so the only people you’re preventing are those who are willing to accept the risk. These senseless restrictions crush our economy. To add to my frustration, when I go to Walmart or Costco and see many hundreds of people shopping together for without issue I’m wondering why we can’t do that everywhere? Are shopping centers naturally immune to covid or something? State leaders need to stop the hypochondriacs from setting regulations.

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