As we continue to grapple with the impact of COVID-19 over all aspects of life, people are starting to think more about what the "new normal" will be going forward. Sports are not immune to this, and teams are looking at increased use of biometrics, real time social distancing monitoring, reduced capacities and set entry times for when fans are able to come back to the stadiums. This is also likely to impact what stadiums physically look like in the future - just as employers are currently determining how best to reconfigure office spaces to provide a safe workplace for employees when they return.
These are all ideas now, that will be adjusted in real time as technology and knowledge of COVID-19 continue to advance, but one thing that is certain is that there will be changes the next time you set foot in your favorite venue.
Dealing with the pandemic now, and potential future mass health issues, is something the San Francisco-based architecture firm Gensler is a major ongoing conversation with sports clients. Gensler is advising clients to ask the right questions amid all the unknowns and the varying levels of containment that they may be operating under – federal, state, local, league and/or university guidelines and orders.