The United States hit another horrific benchmark late Wednesday as the nation surpassed 2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. The incredible threshold was reached as the country continued reopening despite concerns from officials on President Trump’s coronavirus task force and surging outbreaks reported in some states.
But it’s not easy to envision what a number of that magnitude really looks like. So The Daily Beast turned to some of the largest venues the U.S. has to offer: sports arenas and stadiums. While they have been shuttered because of the pandemic, these spaces are some of the most recognizable gathering spots in the world. Terrifyingly, the largest such arena—the Indianapolis Speedway—would need to host eight years of sold-out Indy500 races to get to 2 million bodies.
What’s worse, given ongoing testing and disease surveillance failures across the United States, the 2 million figure is almost surely a major undercount.
Presented below, the capacity of some of the most famous sports venues in the country compared to positive cases of COVID-19, and how many all-home seasons or games (or events) would need to take place in order to reach 2 million admissions.