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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



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Professor Michael Gelman

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Home field advantage is a phenomenon agreed to exist across almost every major sport and level of competition. However, figuring out the underlying cause of home field advantage has been difficult to separate and measure clearly. The COVID-19 pandemic created a unique opportunity; it created a natural experiment to control for factors of home field advantage because the entire 2020 regular season of Major League Baseball was played with no fans. As a result, some researchers found no statistically significant difference between seasons, leading to the conclusion that fans have little impact on home field advantage. This paper works to include the 2021 and 2022 seasons and found that there was still no statistical significance for the seasons, adding credence to the statement that fans have no statistical significance on home field advantage.

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