Against the background of the epidemic, sport was becoming a completely different kind, especially when it came to the audience. Often with zero, sometimes with a որոշ, at least in one case, at the Grand Slam tennis tournament, starting with the fans in places that are still over. it in no presence.
In the tens of thousands of stands, shouting and chanting, applause and dancing, cheering and rejoicing were so commonplace in our various sports events in the past that they tended to retreat into the background, which was nothing more than white noise.
Over the past year, despite the dangers of coronavirus infection, such sights and sounds in caves have been replaced by bouncing ball echoes or the crunch of sneakers, or “Did he really say that?” gossip among players, coaches and officials, which was suddenly heard.
And indeed, over the last 12 months, the whole essence of the sport that we know of has changed from subtle, if not fundamental, due to crowd constraints. Of course, for those who could not enjoy being there, of course. How many children missed the opportunity to watch the game for the first time? – for remote viewers, even participants.
If there is a competition without anyone being pleased with athletics or praising and mocking athletes and their results, is the whole enterprise so important? Declining television ratings in the landscape, even for a manager like the Super Cup, did not seem to mean much.
“At first it was very strange when the season started,, like everything, you got used to it. “It’s not a good thing,” said Will Harris, a Washington national team aide who, like all Major League Baseball teams, played zero regular-time regular season for each of the 2020 season (post-season balloons allowed a limited crowd ):
“Honestly, it’s probably going to be a little weird when the fans go back to the stands, because a lot of us are kind of used to it last year,” Harris said. “The adrenaline may be a little higher than normal when we see them (them). I’m looking forward to it. “
Individual athletes, accustomed to being fed on the spot with energy and support, needed to adapt to rely on their inner voices.
Viewers could not always distinguish between the real “trick”. The broadcasters were trying to engage viewers ի, eventually hoping to accomplish what many of us wanted to do with so many eggs since the NBA began the process of ending the sport in 2020. On March 11. He pretended that everything was normal.
Cardboard cuts or video images of fans were shown on television. False sounds are simulated applause or shouting.
Sometimes it worked. Sometimes it wasn’t.
Harris’ Nationals are still waiting for the city government to open their gates on April 1, the opening day of the MLB. Almost every other baseball team already has the reality of allowing fans.
This is part of the trend as vaccine distribution increases, մեծ COVID-19 cases և mortality decreases.
Many, though not all, arenas allow smaller-than-normal audiences to return to NBA or NHL games. The NFL season at the Florida Super Cup last month culminated with around 22,000 people, about a third of the stadium’s capacity.
Two weeks ago, when New York’s Madison Square Garden first allowed people to return to the Knicks, Golden State Warriors star Steven Carey immediately reminded them of the variety of attractions and sounds, even when attendance exceeded 2,000. :
“There was some fanfare, which was amazing,” said Carrie. “And (my teammate) Draymond (Green) and I were talking about it. There is no better feeling, I do not care if it is 19,000 or 2500 or what it is. You like to silence the crowd on the road. ”
Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks said it is difficult to notice even when such rare gatherings take place.
“But it’s better than no fan. “These are childish steps,” he said. “I hope we can take everything under control, we can move forward as a league, as a country, return to some normalcy.”
In general, the past 12 months of anxiety, uncertainty, as well as other aspects of our daily lives, are completely unknown.
It has never been better illustrated than at the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tennis tournament in a year, with more than 1,000 spectators a day.
COVID-19 outbreak in Melbourne. Well, what was considered an “outbreak” in Australia; About a dozen cases – led to a five-day blockade, which began in the first week of the two-week event. The competition continued, but the audience was banned.
As the ban went into effect at midnight, և No. 1 Novak Okovich met by chance at the time, his fourth stop in the fourth set was stopped for 10 minutes, and the fans were removed from the Rod Laver Arena by the fans.
So no one was going to see, celebrate or congratulate when Dj Okovic finished his victory about an hour later.
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