In part 2, I will try and explore the effects of the pandemic on the fans. The lack of fans at the stadium affects the fans first and foremost. Football is a spectator sport and the fans are there for entertainment. Fan culture is a part of participatory culture and currently, the fan isn’t able to participate immersively.
“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”
This makes me think of the question – If a forward heads the ball into the goal and there is no one in the stadium to clap, did he really score?
Ok, cheer, not clap. That’s a bit of a sensitive topic currently. But, the point remains. Can there be sports without spectators?