While most, if not all of us want fans in the stands for 2020, would having no fans be better or worse for the Cleveland Browns?
Flashback to the beginning of 2020. If I were to tell you that there is a realistic chance that the next NFL season could have zero fans in attendance for games, how crazy would I have sounded?
In a sad but very possible reality that there are no fans in the stands for this upcoming season, fans across the world must prepare for the worst. Watching the Cleveland Browns take on a big division opponent on television with no crowd noise and no player interactions with the fans would be brutal.
In relation to the Browns, would this scary possibility be better or worse for them? Would they play better without hearing the crowd in away stadiums?
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Would they lack effort and energy during home games with no crowd noise and no hype? Overall, would it be better or worse?
The Browns need their fans in the stadium rocking with them. As much as the Indians and Cavs are loved in Cleveland, everybody knows that the city of Cleveland is a football city.
While people have said the players would have less pressure and be more relaxed without fans, you can also make the argument that they would have no way to get energized or excited running out of the tunnel during pre-game into a ghost town.
In terms of players, the Browns have a lot of personality. When you have personality, you need energy. The fans of the Browns give off nothing but energy from the moment they step foot on the tailgate lot until the moment they exit the gates at the stadium.
From the fans crowding the muni-lot pre-game while getting there at 7:00 in the morning all way to game time, the fans make a huge difference not only just in football but also in every single sport. The Browns ranked 17th in the NFL when it comes to fans in attendance for their respective home games, putting them just on the outside looking in of the top half of the league.
Even when it comes to other teams, I find it very hard to see many positives to not having fans in the stands, other than safety; the number one concern. A strong mindset to have is preparing for the worst, and when it comes to the Browns the worst thing right now would be fans not being able to attend.
While the Browns continue to move and work in silence, fans sit around and wait for the world to determine the fate of getting to enjoy going to a Browns football game on a beautiful Sunday this upcoming fall.