Sunday, April 26, 2009

Attendance: zero

What happened if a soccer game was played and nobody showed up?

Actually, it wasn't that people did not want to go to the match but rather nobody was allowed entrance. A swine flu outbreak has hit Mexico City hard and Pachuca, which is based in Pachuca, Hidalgo, near Mexico City, did not allow entry due to rising fears of an outbreak.

Games in Mexico City on Sunday will also feature attendances of zero as America-Tecos and Pumas-Chivas will be played in empty stadiums.

Now, empty stadiums aren't entirely uncommon in Mexico. Every now and then fan violence forces teams to play games in empty stadiums as punishment, but this is the first time in recent history anyway that something other than unruly fans have caused this sort of situation.


Anonymous said...

Pachuca is city in the state of Hidalgo, not state of Mexico (around Mexico City)...

L.B. said...

Thanks. I realized later I made a mistake when I was writing a story for about it.