If you want to win, there’s no place like home
ATHLETES TEND TO DO BETTER on their own turf. But the factors that create the mythical homefield advantage are still somewhat mysterious. Referee bias, lack of travel-related fatigue, and the morale boost of fan attendance may contribute, yet experts still debate the particulars. In fact, the effect even varies by sport. This is what we do know about the phenomenon—and why it might not hold the same power it once did.