Although the 2020 season did happen to some extent, it was strange to see no fans in the stands until the latter portion of the postseason. Even then it was only limited crowds of people with mask-wearing and social distancing heavily enforced from what I can recall watching it on TV. In any case, it was a different sight to behold.
That said, it does appear as if fans will be allowed at games in 2021 at varying capacities around the country, sooner or later. The ongoing vaccine rollout has made the possibility of fans at regular-season games plausible for the first time since 2019. The question is whether fans will come back in droves once given the all-clear, or will they rather ease back into attending public events. Based on the latest fan vote, however, it does appear that 65 percent of those who answered the poll will attend a game in 2021.
Of those 65 percent, more than 40 percent said they will attend as soon as allowed with nearly 25 percent say they will following vaccination.
Another pressing question about attendance is whether fans will feel comfortable going if the ballpark was allowed to be at full capacity. Again, 65 percent of the votes were in favor of attending a game, even at full capacity.
Lastly, teams have been sighting the shortened season without fans in 2020 as a key force behind the slow free agency. Fans were asked if it is OK for teams not to spend on free agency until fans return and 60 percent voted no. Put me with that crowd.
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