According to a report by Ryan Satin over at Pro-Wrestling Sheet, Last night’s live and taped AEW Fyter Fest shows had actual fans in attendance.
Almost since the start of the pandemic induced empty arena shows, AEW has been praised for its use of talent dotted around ringside to create some semblance of an atmosphere in the absence of fans.
It is a tactic that WWE quickly and completely correctly mimicked.
Now Satin reports that last night saw actual fans in Daily’s Place for the first time in several months.
These fans were said to be seated in a socially distanced manner in the venue’s upper bowl, well away from any potential infection passing between them and talent/personnel.
This distance was crucial as these fans were reportedly not given COVID-19 tests at the arena. They were given temperature checks and the wearing of masks was mandatory.
The fans, who Satin reports were made up of sponsors of the venue or the Jacksonville Jaguars, were asked to sign waivers on entry to confirm they had not knowingly been exposed to COVID-19 and had been taking correct precautions to minimise the risk of infection.
If accurate, this shows another step forward for AEW in their slow journey to normality.
The company has been rightly praised for their handling of both TV production and safety during the Coronavirus pandemic. Their innovation across venue usage, arena wide brawls and camera angles has led to WWE following where AEW have led.
They have also led a thorough and transparent safety programme that will hopefully pay dividends as the world inches ever closer to normality.