Atlanta Falcons fans are more worried about COVID-19 than most fan bases.
Casino.org recently conducted a survey with more than 1,000 NFL fans and roughly a third of Atlanta Falcons fans surveyed said that they would not attend a game this year due to fear of COVID-19; this was the fifth-highest among all NFL fan bases.
On the other end of this spectrum, roughly 20 percent of Atlanta Falcons fans said they would not attend games because of the mandatory mask mandate.
This survey conducted by casino.org stated the following about those that participated in the study. You can read their entire release here.
"We asked each fan to share how they felt about going to games in the middle of a pandemic and how mask requirements impacted their decisions. Their answers were compared by team preference, age, and even political affiliation."
Atlanta Falcons announce decisions on September home games.
Earlier this week, the Atlanta Falcons announced that they would not allow fans at home games initially through September, which will mean no fans week one against the Seahawks and week three against the Chicago Bears.
The franchise will make a determination about the other six home games at a later time. Two days after this announcement by the Falcons, both the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech announced that they would allow fans in their stadiums, though at an 80 percent reduction.
Whether franchises allow fans to attend games or not, it is clearly a no-win situation for them. If they allow fans in, they are seen as uncaring and oblivious to the current worldwide pandemic. If they choose to keep fans out, they are accused of pandering to political standards. It is not an enviable position to be in.
As we all struggle to come to terms with new norms, the NFL and the Atlanta Falcons are no different. They are going to do whatever they believe is right to keep their players, their employees, and their fans as safe as possible, which should be their top priority – regardless of whether or not fans agree with their decisions.