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The Health Risks Of Crowded Sports Stadiums

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Meanwhile, public attention around the return of college football was focused on the risks faced by the student-athletes and fan attendance that could impact on their overall health.  While programs are still being planned for footballs’ return this fall, the popular question is whether fans will be at the games and how many of them will be attending.

There have been instances of health risks coming from crowded sports stadiums. Last February, nearly 2,500 fans pf Spanish soccer club Valencia travelled to Italy to watch the Championships League match against Atlanta. Several weeks later, it was found out that that the event attended by 44,236 fans played a significant role in the coronavirus outbreaks in Spain. The superspreading sports event became known as Ground Zero.

According to epidemiologists and infectious disease experts that were interviewed by ESPN, college football could spread the coronavirus even with reduced fan attendance. In order to illustrate fan movement after the Saturday games, ESPN made a map using anonymized cell phone tracking data from X-Mode Social. The maps showed how fan dispersal differed based on regions and how far and concentrated the potential area of infection would be if fans gather again this fall.

Mapping starts 6 hours after kick-off in every game. The map will be updated in 6-hour increments over the subsequent 24 hours to determine which counties the fans returned to. A darker shade of red was used on the map show more densely populated counties had fans that attended the games. Even with limited capacities, the return of fans to the games can be potentially problematic.

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