It seems like the South Korean government will increase crowd cap in sports events. The sports ministry is considering relaxing the cap for people allowed at sports games from 30 percent to 50 percent in November.
The pandemic forced sports leagues to play most of their matches without fans. Then, the sports ministry allowed the K League and Korea Baseball Organization to have small crowds. However, a surge in coronavirus cases led to the ban of a live audience in sports events.
However, South Korea eased its social distancing policies this week. Thus, KBO teams can start accepting fans again last Tuesday. K League will follow this weekend. Also, volleyball and basketball leagues would start their seasons later this month.
Increase Crowd Cap in Sports Events
According to sports betting reports, the sports ministry is talking with stakeholders to decide on the right number of fans inside stadiums and arenas. It is planning to meet with pro league representatives to discuss their quarantine policies.
Based on online sports betting sites, K League and KBO teams will keep their audience cap 30 percent. That way, their fans will have a safe distance between them. Both leagues follow health and safety protocols for fans. They need to undergo temperature checks at the entrance and keep their masks on all the time. Also, loud cheering and eating food in seats are not allowed.
Sports betting picks experts believe that a live audience gives teams an emotional lift. Also, selling tickets will help the teams’ finances. Football and baseball teams suffered financial issues because of no ticket sales for most of the year.
The increase in crowd cap will ensure ticket sales will go up. However, some fans might still avoid watching games live due to the risk of coronavirus infection.