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Future of stadiums, arenas promise high tech, low capacity


FILE – In this Sept. 11, 2016, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs fans line up to enter Arrowhead Stadium before their NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers in Kansas City, Mo. The crippling coronavirus pandemic has brought the entire world — including the sports world — to a standstill, and it shows no sign of going away anytime soon. That has left fans, stadium workers, team owners, sponsors and yes, even players, wondering what life will be like when games finally resume. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann, File)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is slowly releasing its grip on the sports world. Fans already are thinking about returning to stadiums and arenas.

But what awaits them could be unlike anything they have ever seen. Empty rows and sections could be the norm for a while. So could temperature screenings and medical checks.

Many teams and leagues are exploring new technology that could help with crowd control and promote social distancing. All of it comes at a cost, both to the venues making the changes and the fans who wonder if their enjoyment of the game will change.


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