2020 In Review – October

Fans returned to Major League Baseball as Globe Life Field, the new home of the Texas Rangers, welcomed spectators for the first time. The official attendance for the game between the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers was 10,700.

A groundbreaking proposal for the restructuring of English football also emerged in October, although ‘Project Big Picture’ proved to be short-lived.

The proposal centred on reducing the Premier League to an 18-team competition and included a £250m bailout of the English Football League (EFL). The Premier League was quick to dismiss the proposal, though, confirming that all 20 of its clubs had agreed not to pursue the plans.

Amid heightened concerns surrounding hygiene at sports venues due to COVID-19, two more NFL stadiums announced plans to go cashless in the shape of the San Francisco 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium and Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Field.

Elsewhere in the US, Ball Corporation, a provider of sustainable aluminium packaging products, acquired naming rights to Pepsi Center, home of the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche.

Ball’s wide-ranging deal with Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) also included Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and the newly-opened SoFi Stadium, home of the NFL’s Rams and Chargers.

Also in October, a new 60,000-seat stadium opened on the outskirts of Abidjan, Ivory Coast ahead of the country’s staging of the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament in 2023.

Image: Globe Life Field