I didn't know if this deserved its own thread, so I thought I'd just resurrect this one.
So, according to this piece, the Superdome Commission has done some estimating, and it seems they see the worst cast scenario for The Superdome (if fans are allowed) is 13,000
That got me wondering---what's the minimum number of fans, or perhaps percentage of seats filled, make it less sad than a completely empty stadium? I'm actually interested in hearing what people think. I'm not entirely sure, but if there are 13,000 people in the Superdome, from a TV visual perspective isn't that worse/sadder than having an empty stadium? Maybe those are two different questions. Sadder? Yes. Worse? Maybe not. That's not necessarily where I will come down on the issue, but just sort of what's going through my head at the moment.
Why even screw around with fans and the risks (although possibly minimal) for something that isn't going to make much of a difference in a cavernous stadium? Then again, some revenue from those fans will help, a little.
Here's my stoned hot-take on the matter. I might feel entirely different about it tomorrow or the next day. If you are going to only have very few fans (less than 25-30%) in the stadium, do something to make it special. Donate all the ticket sales and/or concession revenues (to the team, not necessarily the vendors) to charity. Maybe a Covid 19 relief fund. Or make the concessions free (not the booze, morons) or particularly special. Just thinking it might be as sad to actually be at the game as it is to watch it with so few fans.