As the regular NFL season is set to kick off this weekend and thousands flock to packed stadiums, a new poll suggests most fans who regularly attend games would prefer if attendees were required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19.
A Morning Consult poll conducted Aug. 30-Sept. 2 found 54 percent of people who attend at least one game each season said they would be more interested in going to games this season if vaccine requirements were put in place for fans.
The survey found 29 percent would be much more interested, and 25 percent would be somewhat more interested, while 27 percent said they would be neither more nor less interested and 19 percent said they’d be less interested.
Despite the findings, only a handful of NFL teams will be requiring fans to produce proof of vaccination. The Seattle Seahawks became the latest team to announce it will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for fans looking to attend home games, following the Las Vegas Raiders and New Orleans Saints.
“These measures will allow us to continue with plans to host a full stadium of fans, while still providing a safe and fun experience for our guests,” Seahawks President Chuck Arnold said in a statement.
“We urge everyone who is eligible to please get vaccinated,” Arnold said.
The start of the season comes as the U.S. is still in the throes of the delta wave, with the seven-day moving average of daily new cases standing around 150,000, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.
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