As we get ready for the upcoming season, Casino.org surveyed over 1,000 NFL fans to find out how they feel about attending games and the NFL’s mandatory mask policy. Here is what we found:
- 49ers (38%) fans say they won’t attend games this season due to COVID-19 — which was the highest among all fan bases
- Overall, nearly 42% of fans say they won’t attend games because they’re worried about contracting coronavirus
- 34% of fans say they won’t attend games knowing that face masks are mandatory
- Cowboys (26.5%) fans say they won’t attend games if they have to wear masks — highest among all fan bases
The next closest fanbase to the 49ers who said they wouldn’t attend an NFL game was the Patriots at 35.4%. In order to actually attend, however, fans would have to get pretty lucky. The 68,500 seat Levi’s Stadium will likely face a drastically reduced capacity mandate, and the team has already shared that “ticket availability is not guaranteed for any member this season.”
Santa Clara County (home to Levi’s Stadium) was one of the earliest adopters of large-scale event bans. Fans are also not permitted in stadiums until the jurisdiction initiates Stage 4 reopening procedures. Considering the state’s spike in COVID-19 cases, 49ers fans will likely face a long wait.
Casino.org went as far to break down the percentage of fans by generation and political affiliation:
With the CDC making face masks mandatory, the next poll question asked over 1,000 fans would they attend an NFL game knowing they’d have to wear a face mask. 66% of fans said they would still attend. The 49ers had the fifth-highest percentage of fans who said they still would not go to games, at 23.3%.
Would you be comfortable attending a game this season with the current pandemic we are in?