The acceptance towards allowing fans at sports venues continues to climb, as Texas governor Greg Abbott has doubled the amount of fans that will be allowed at events.
“Stadiums, whether it be where the Mavericks play or the Texas Rangers play or the Dallas Cowboys play, will be able to seat [at] 50% capacity,” Abbott told KDFW-TV in Dallas on Wednesday, according to the Dallas Morning News.
This is effective immediately; Texas previously was an early state to even allow 25% capacity. Florida is working with NASCAR to figure out how many fans can be allowed as early as this month.
As we wrote earlier, the next few weeks are going to be a gigantic litmus test as to whether and to what extent fans will be permitted, particularly at outdoor sporting events, in the coming months. With the volume of protests across America, and thus many people crowded together in close quarters, we will see if outdoor crowds yield a second spike. If they do, well, that’s gonna be terrible. But if they don’t, it’s easy to envision at least half-full baseball and football stadiums sooner than later.