According to Yahoo News, “so much of what we know and love about sports will have to be re-thought, starting with how we can safely gather to watch them — especially when attendance gets bigger than, say, a Little League game.”

  • Interestingly, Men (18%) are more likely than women (12%) to say sports leagues should restart the current season only when fans can attend.
  • Women (37%) are more likely than men (30%) to say the season should be cancelled.

More virtual sports: There is no one action a majority say would make them feel safe to attend a sporting event or large venue event again… but some actions would make the public more comfortable 

  • (43%) say guaranteeing hygienic wiping down of seats; 
  • (40%) hand sanitizer at every seat; 
  • (39%) mandatory masks for food vendors; 
  • (35%) stadium seating configured for social distancing; 
  • (35%) maximum capacity limits to ensure 6-feet between patrons and staff. 
  • Bloomberg analyzes the lost Summer ahead for concerts. 



Wave 8 of The Harris Poll COVID-19 Tracker was conducted online on April 18-20, 2020 among 2,029 U.S. adults.

Find out more from our COVID-19 Tracker.

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