Aaron Donald: Playing Without Fans Takes The Excitement And Fun Out Of The Game

The idea of having football but without fans has been thrown around over the last couple months.

California Governor Gavin Newsom said during a press conference this week that pro sports without fans could start in early June.

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald is not a big fan of that.

“You need fans to play a game,” Donald said, via ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry. “I don’t see how you could play a game without fans, I feel like that takes out the excitement and the fun out of the game…. I feel like the fans is what pick you up. The fans is what makes the game exciting. The fans will give you that extra juice when you’re tired and fatigued, when you make that big play and you hear 80,000 fans going crazy. That just pumps you up.”

The Rams and Chargers are slated to move into their new home, SoFi Stadium, for the 2020 season.

 The first regular season game in the state-of-the-art stadium is scheduled for Sunday Night Football, with the Cowboys coming into town to face Donald and the Rams.

“You practice, and practice is practice. And then you prepare to play a game and be on a big stage and play in front of a crowd,” Donald said. “Just no excitement (without fans). It wouldn’t be fun to me. I don’t think it would be fun to play a football game without fans.”

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