Are Fans Allowed at AEW Double or Nothing 2021? Details on AEW’s Safety Protocols for COVID-19

Published 05/29/2021, 6:30 AM CDT


AEW Double or Nothing will have a live audience just like all other AEW events. However, this would be the first time that an AEW event will have the crowd at its full capacity. AEW’s signature venue, the Daily’s Place, holds 5,500 people.

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The event was initially ready to take place on May 29 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. However, during AEW Revolution in March, the promotion stated that ‘Double or Nothing’ would emanate from the Daily’s Place.

Ahead of the show, AEW is organizing a ‘fan fest’ which will feature live stage shows, exhibition matches, meet and greets, and more. Hence, the fans might be wondering what AEW’s approach will be to combat the pandemic.

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In a press conference last month, former TNT Champion and AEW EVP Cody Rhodes weighed in on the situation. He gets a temperature check in the parking lot and down the hallway just to get into his office. Ring crew works overtime to sanitize, and AEW tries their best to prevent cross-contamination.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 04: Cody Rhodes makes a surprise appearance during the All Elite Wrestling panel during the 2019 New York Comic Con at Jacob Javits Center on October 04, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for WarnerMedia Company)

Cody also praised AEW medical head, Doc Sampson, and the med team’s work. The team is making sure that everyone stays safe, not only at Double or Nothing but during the other live events as well.

AEW even has a protocol for those who test positive while programming.

“If someone were to test positive they would get the swab test, and would not be near any other staff crew,” the press report said, “Medical / Wrestling / Staff have been divided to prevent cross-pollination. As a result of the delineation, a positive test wouldn’t shut down production.”

Why is AEW hosting the live crowd?

As sports entertainers, WWE and AEW superstars relish the live audience. Not only does the live audience add to the excitement, but the superstars get energized with the crowd’s enthusiasm.

Cody explained further, “no one in the crowd, there is no one to toss his belts to, and it’s their job as talent to make sure they’re entertaining and also relish the challenge.”

He applauded Chris Jericho in particular for stepping up.

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Cody believed that the “swords have been sharpened” regarding the talents’ attitude towards the pandemic. Apart from this, AEW is still working on touring the country.

Cody revealed their current “plan is to stay in one spot,” to eliminate risks. While the former TNT Champion hoped to see the fans soon, he’d prefer to stay in Jacksonville until the risks are mitigated.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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