Stadium Attendance Demand During the Covid-19 Crisis: Early Empirical Evidence from Belarus

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J. James Reade

University of Reading, Department of Economics

Dominik Schreyer

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

Carl Singleton

Department of Economics, University of Reading

Date Written: July 14, 2020

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Attendance, COVID-19, Football/Soccer, Spectator Decision-Making, Public Health

JEL Classification: D12, D81, D90, H12, I18, L83, Z20

Suggested Citation

Reade, J. James and Schreyer, Dominik and Singleton, Carl, Stadium Attendance Demand During the Covid-19 Crisis: Early Empirical Evidence from Belarus (July 14, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3651275 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3651275

J. James Reade

University of Reading, Department of Economics ( email )

Whiteknights
Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AH
United Kingdom

Dominik Schreyer (Contact Author)

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management ( email )

Burgplatz 2
Vallendar, 56179
Germany

Carl Singleton

Department of Economics, University of Reading ( email )

Whiteknights
Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AH
United Kingdom

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