The New Orleans Saints are trying to figure out how to put more fans in the stadium
The Saints are getting creative as they look for ways to receive fans this season
After some minor adjustments, the NFL has been able to run the offseason calendar without experiencing many inconveniences. However, facing the beginning of the 2020 season, there is still a lot of uncertainty in the air, especially amid the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on mass gathering events. Creativity has been important to confront the new situation, and the New Orleans Saints are figuring out new ways to increase the stadium’s capacity to have more attendance to the games.
It was reported by Sean Fazende of Fox 8 New Orleans that Doug Thornton, ASM Global Vice President, has presented a proposal that could get more people into the stadium and, at the same time, adhere to social distancing measures of keeping people six feet apart. ASM is the company that manages everything that has to do with the Superdome, which is the stadium for the Saints home games.
“The Saints have been particularly good at using their business models to help us create a seating manifest that allows us to adhere to the six-foot distancing rule but also increase the capacity,” Thornton said. “If we just took the six-foot rule and applied it on its face without any sort of creativity you would bring your capacity to 17.5 percent, that would be about 13,000 fans in stands.” But for Thornton 13,000 fans using a venue that can sit 74,000 thousand is simply “not acceptable, and that’s where creativity comes to help. He added, “We tried to get it to a higher level if we could. So we’re exploring creating ways whether we seat people in pods of four, six, or eight.”