Titans’ Large Crowd Size Draws Criticisms Amid Pandemic

by Kayla Zadel

Those watching the Tennessee Titans’ Wild Card playoff game are noticing something that seems a bit suspicious. No, it’s not something on the field. Rather it’s something surrounding the gridiron. Viewers are suspicious about the crowd size at Nissan Stadium.

The Titans franchise allowed 21%-capacity for Sunday afternoon’s game. PopCultre.com reports an estimated 14,520 fans showed up for the game against the Baltimore Ravens. Nashville just reported 5,844 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday.

As TV viewers tuned into the Tennessee Titans game, they took to social media to share their thoughts on the crowd.

“So I’m watching this Titans/Ravens game and the stadium is PACKED. Then I see things like TN leading the nation in covid cases per day. 5800 in the state just yesterday and I’m like what in the ever living hell are they thinking?!?! This is soooo stupid,” sports photographer Craig Mitchelldyer writes.

Some are saying that they want every venue to have the same percentage of fans. However, others are disagreeing with the idea.

Additionally, others are speculating that the Ravens-Titans game will be a “super-spreader,” only furthering the city’s rise in COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks.

Nashville Honors First Responders at Sunday’s Game

Additionally, the Titans honored six Nashville Police Officers at the game. The officers played a major part in evacuating pedestrians after an explosion in downtown Nashville on Christmas morning.

The officers served as the honorary “12th Titan” during Sunday’s wild-card playoff game. Furthermore, the six officers are members of the Metro Nashville Police Department.

Titans Celebrate Milestone This Week

This week marked another moment in history. On Jan. 8, 21-years ago, the “Music City Miracle” was born in Nashville.

The most iconic play happened when the Titans trailed the Buffalo Bills by a point with only 16-seconds left to play. As a matter of fact, it was a Wild Card game.

Kevin Dyson caught the second of two passes and raced 75-yards. As a result, the “Music City Miracle” was forever etched in Titans’ history.