Fanless Derby

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    • Less than two weeks ago, a plan for fans was announced.

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Less than two weeks after announcing intentions to have fans at the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby during Labor Day weekend, race organizers decided against allowing spectators. 

A 14% capacity crowd — approximately 23,000 fans — were expected on Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs. Organizers cited the health and safety of the venue’s employees, fans and participants as the reason they changed their mind. 

Attendance Updates: 

— With the NFL weeks away from kick off, more than a third of teams have announced they will start the season without fans; five teams plan on some crowds

— NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the 2020-21 season start might be pushed beyond the planned Dec. 1 date to potentially accommodate fans.