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How empty stadiums proved useful during the Covid-19 pandemic
by Travis Caldwell, CNN
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17 January 2021
On 17 January 2021 CNN reported:
On March 11, sports in the United States came to terms with the arrival of the coronavirus. Amid the turmoil, sports teams and cities opened their empty facilities for assistance efforts. Because of their day-to-day experiences with traffic flow, crowd control, and project management, arenas and stadiums proved practical as Covid-19 testing sites and food banks. During the 2020 election season, some became early voting and Election Day centers, allowing Americans easier access to voting while maintaining social distancing guidelines.
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The abrupt shift witnessed in 2020, from entertainment outlets to critical resource centers, provided images that were often hard to believe. ... To help with dispensing, food centers were established by charities and organizations at stadiums nationwide.
Stadium parking lots in the spring and summer, filled in years past by tailgaters, staff, and street vendors, instead became home to pop-up tents for Covid-19 testing. ... Massive parking lots kept cars off main roads, freeing up traffic.
... The NBA had more than 20 of its franchises offer their stadiums for polling and voting stations. Other sports league franchises also pitched in to increase safe voting access.
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