What a Difference a Fan Makes…Maybe

This week, during the first five days of the 2021 Australian Open, the stadium was packed…by pandemic standards. It was 50 percent occupied with up to 30,000 fans. Then, authorities declared a snap lockdown because of a Covid outbreak. The local favorites felt the difference. Whereas cheers had spurred some to achieve far beyond what was expected, the silence eliminated the “home field advantage.” Yes? Not necessarily. The “Observer Effect” is not a sure thing. ….[READ]