Fauci optimistic about more fans attending sporting events
Dr. Anthony Fauci is seen before President Joe Biden participates in an event commemorating the 50 million COVID-19 vaccine shots at the White House. Sipa USA

Dr. Fauci optimistic about more fans attending sporting events this year

More and more states, cities, and communities are opening outdoor and indoor events to paying spectators despite continued COVID-19 concerns. 

During a Thursday appearance on ESPN's "First Take," National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci explained that the existence of at least three coronavirus vaccines should permit growing numbers of fans to safely attend sporting events over the next several months.

Fauci added that a so-called "return to normal" will be "gradual" depending on how many people are willing to receive COVID-19 vaccines. He also said that Americans should expect to wear masks in public for the foreseeable future. 

The Texas Rangers raised eyebrows on Wednesday when they announced that they intend to welcome fans to Globe Life Field at 100% capacity for their home Opening Day on April 5. Meanwhile, the Alabama Crimson Tide, New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns are planning to fill football stadiums to their capacities in September. 

Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker said in February he thinks there's a "good shot" the Hall of Fame Game between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers on Aug. 5 will be the NFL's first event inside a stadium filled to 100% capacity since the pandemic hit the United States last year. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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