How Sports Adapt: A Marathon Indoors and Drive-In Soccer

How Sports Adapt: A Marathon Indoors and Drive-In Soccer

The screens will be about 500 square feet, and the team says if the drive-in is a success, it will go for even bigger screens. (For comparison, the enormous screen at the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium is more than 10,000 square feet.) Video of fans in the parking lot will be shown inside the stadium to create atmosphere.

The B.T. Nyheder newspaper asked the question that everyone else may have been afraid to: How will fans, sequestered in their cars, go to the bathroom?

“We hope, of course, that they will do this at home,” Rokkjaer said. “But if you are going to the toilet, you have to flash your lights, and a guard will come and pick you up and make sure the toilet is cleaned afterward.”

No date has been scheduled for the return of the league, but teams are hoping for late May. VICTOR MATHER

The national soccer league in Turkmenistan resumed play on Sunday, with about 500 fans in attendance.

Turkmenistan, which has an authoritarian government, is one of the few countries that do not officially have any reported coronavirus cases, although Iran, next door, has tens of thousands. Reporting on the virus in the country has been sparse, and its president has suggested an herb as a possible cure.

It is one of the few countries that has allowed soccer to return.

The game between Altyn Asyr and the league leader, Kopetdag, was the first in Turkmenistan since March 20. It was played in Ashgabat, the capital, and ended in a 1-1 tie. The league continued play on Monday, with Ahal beating Sagadam, 2-0.

The Belarusian Premier League is the only European league that has continued playing. Tajikistan began its season earlier this month without fans. DANIELLE ALLENTUCK


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