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Americans Not Yet Ready for Full Capacity Events

But Comfort Attending Events with Social Distancing, PPE and Vaccines Continues Trend Upward

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - April 28, 2021 - The Seton Hall Sports Poll asked Americans if they would be comfortable attending a full-capacity outdoor stadium event of any type, only 37 percent said yes, a number which rose to 46 percent among sports fans and 58 percent among avid fans. The same question about attending indoor events found just 33 percent of the general public saying they would be comfortable, which increased to 43 percent among sports fans and 57 percent among avid fans.

By contrast, when asked if they would attend a sporting event with personal protection equipment, social distancing measures and restricted attendance, 50 percent of the general population said "yes" to outdoor events and 42 percent said "yes" to indoor events.

These were the findings of a Seton Hall Sports Poll conducted April 23-26 geographically spread across the United States using a national representative sample weighted according to gender, age, ethnicity, education, income and geography, based on U.S. Census Bureau figures. The Poll had 1,563 adult respondents with a margin of error of ± 3.2 percent.

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the Seton Hall Sports Poll has regularly asked the public whether they would be comfortable attending sporting events if they had access to a vaccine, personal protection equipment and social distancing measures were observed at the venue.

When the question was first asked in April 2020, (combining indoor and outdoor events), only 13 percent said they would feel safe, with 12 percent saying "safe with social distancing." Seventy-two percent said they would not feel safe “at all,” a number which today is only 32 percent for outdoors and 38 percent for indoor events with precautions.

"In the course of one year, we've gone from 72 percent saying they would not feel safe or comfortable at a sporting event under pretty much any circumstances, down to 32 percent saying they would not feel safe attending an outdoor event and 38 percent feeling the same about indoor events,” said Seton Hall Marketing Professor and Poll Methodologist Daniel Ladik. “The public may not be ready yet for full capacity, but the reluctance to attend events with precautions in place has dropped considerably over the course of the last year – a 40 point drop iss substantial by anyone's measure.


Question response charted over time: If you were to receive the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, would you attend…A live outdoor sporting event in-personn, with personal protection equipment (PPE), social distancing measures, and restricted attendance?