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Fox Will Fill Empty Baseball Stadiums With Virtual Fans

•, Brian Steinberg

The Fox Corporation-owned outlet intends to fill the seats of Wrigley Field, Dodger Stadium, Nationals Park and Petco Park with hundreds of virtual attendees, and will do the same at all the ballparks from which it broadcasts games over the next several weeks. It's part of the company's effort to bring fans of the national pastime a game that looks and sounds like a traditional event, not one played in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic.

"We had a vision for making our Major League Baseball broadcasts look as natural as they were before COVID," says Brad Zager, executive producer  and executive vice president and head of production and operations for Fox Sports, in an interview. "A lot of that is having a crowd in the stadium."

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