New York Reopening Efforts Plan Deployment of Rapid COVID Testing
In his State of the State address earlier this month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo indicated his administration is planning to allow live events with fans in attendance beginning as soon as February. The plans are centered around the ramping up of rapid testing sites in the state, coupled... Read more
Fans Hesitant to Attend Games Without COVID Vaccine: Survey
A survey conducted by Seton Hall University’s Sharkey Institute showed that a majority of Americans are hesitant to attend events in-person until there is a COVID vaccine. Two thirds said they would not attend an indoor event prior to a vaccine, regardless of social distancing measures in place. Slightly... Read more
German Study Suggests Safe Indoor Concerts Possible Despite COVID
Preliminary results from a scientific study in Germany had good news for live music and sports fans, as they showed promising results for safely holding events indoors amid the pandemic. Researchers put together a live concert in front of volunteers in the summer, and their findings suggested that certain... Read more
Met Opera Cancels Entire Season, Plans Fall 2021 Return
The Met Opera will remain dark until September of 2021, announcing Wednesday that it would cancel its entire 2020-21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally, the arts organization had planned on a cancellation of its fall season with tentative plans to reopen on December 31, but this week’s... Read more
Germany’s Return to Live Concert Rescheduled for Late Autumn
A concert in Germany planned with Bryan Adams as one of the main acts has been moved to late autumn, rescheduled from its planned September 4th date. Despite extensive hygiene and safety plans from event and arena organizers, local authorities decided that increased coronavirus cases in the area necessitated... Read more
Big Ten, Pac-12 Suspends Fall Sports, Including Football
After days of rumors that the decision was imminent, two of the so-called “Power 5” conferences announced Tuesday that they would not be participating in intercollegiate athletics in the fall of 2020 due to the risks of the coronavirus. The Big Ten and Pac-12 postponed all fall sports, including... Read more
Chicago Bears Eliminate 2020 Season Tickets, Hope for Single Game Sales
The Chicago Bears announced to Personal Seat License holders that there would be no season tickets for the 2020 campaign due to the coronavirus, mirroring similar moves made by a number of other franchises. Plans are for a drastically-reduced seating capacity at Soldier Field, if fans are allowed at... Read more
Scientists in Germany Plan Concert to Test Coronavirus Plans
Researchers in Germany are planning to stage a concert in Germany with 4,000 volunteers in attendance, hoping to study the behavior of crowds and better understand methods to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases at large-scale gatherings. The concert, featuring singer-songwriter Tim Bendzko, is planned for... Read more
Jets, Giants Plan for No Fans This Season Due to NJ Governor’s Order
An order from Governor Phil Murphy limiting events to a total of 500 or fewer fans in the state of New Jersey means that the New York Giants and New York Jets – who both play at Metlife Stadium in the Garden State – will be playing in front... Read more
MLB, Ticketmaster Ask Court to Pause Discovery in COVID-19 Refund Lawsuit
Major League Baseball and all of its teams joined its ticketing partners including Ticketmaster and StubHub in asking the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles to put discovery on hold in a class action lawsuit over refunds related to games cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit, filed... Read more