Imagine an empty stadium with scores of people glued to their screens, watching the match live. Your favorite teams play and cheers and jeers are pre-recorded audios that are played to boost the morale of the team.
There are no crowds, no chanting, and no banners – the stands wear a deserted look.
This could be how future sporting events look like.
The first major league football match since the COVID outbreak took place on May 27 IST. Bayern Munich and Borrusia Dortmund met at Signal Iduna Park where Bayern downed Borrusia 1-0 to reach one step closer to the Bundesliga title.
In theory, the race to the title is almost over since Bayern has extended its lead to 8 points over second-placed Borrusia.
The piped-in music- Permanent fixture or Temporary?
To keep the Borrusia Dortmund players motivated the stadium crew at Iduna piped in pre-recorded sound clippings of fans cheering. Although it had no effect on the final scoreline, the audio cheers have got people wondering if it would be a permanent fixture from now on.
The sportsmen too, approved of the music because the eerie silence of the stadium was unnerving for fans and the players alike.
The success of the closed-door match has encouraged other sporting leagues to consider returning. Premier League could soon follow suit with Klopp’s Liverpool lifting the trophy without any fans in attendance.
What does the future hold for cricket?
India was just about to start its ODI series with South Africa when the country announced lockdown and all sporting events were indefinitely postponed.
Cricket may soon be back on the television screen and it could be sooner than expected. International Cricket Council released “ICC Back to Cricket Guidelines” is a comprehensive document developed by the ICC Medical Advisory Committee in consultation with Medical Representatives, and provides guidance for the safe resumption of community cricket, domestic professional cricket, and international cricket. soon but it’s a long road to booking a ticket in the stadium. Taking a leaf from the Bundesliga match, cricket games will have zero crowds, and only live streaming of the match would available.
That’s how sports going to be in this new world order.