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Stadium attendance demand during the COVID-19 crisis: early empirical evidence from Belarus

Reade, J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8610-530X, Schreyer, D. and Singleton, C. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8247-8830 (2020) Stadium attendance demand during the COVID-19 crisis: early empirical evidence from Belarus. Applied Economics Letters. ISSN 1466-4291

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2020.1830933

Abstract/Summary

In this note, we consider early evidence regarding behavioural responses to an emerging public health emergency. We explore patterns in stadium attendance demand by exploiting match-level data from the Belarusian Premier League (BPL), a football competition that kept playing unrestricted in front of spectators throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic, unlike all other European professional sports leagues. We observe that stadium attendance demand in Belarus declined significantly in the initial period of maximum uncertainty. Surprisingly, demand then slowly recovered, despite the ongoing inherent risk to individuals from going to a match.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Economics
ID Code:93109
Uncontrolled Keywords:attendance; COVID-19; football/soccer; spectator decision-making; public health
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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