Survey: Fans Favor Distancing, Masks at Live Events

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As professional sports return to full-capacity events, a new survey from Nielsen has found that fans support continued social distancing at stadiums and arenas. 

To find out fans’ comfortability in returning to stadiums based on the coming NBA, NFL and MLS seasons, Nielsen Sports conducted a Fan Insights survey with U.S. sports fans about their willingness to attend sporting events. To gauge their comfort level, Nielsen asked if fans are ready to attend; will be ready to attend in one-five months; or think it will take six or more months.

Nielsen also grouped the respondents into four categories: sports fans, NFL fans, NBA fans and MLS fans. The survey was conducted between April and June, so respondents responding in the one-five month range fits with the start dates for the NFL and NBA seasons.

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