Where NBA teams stand on in-arena attendance
Keep up with the latest news and information about fans at NBA home arenas in the 2020-21 season.
From NBA.com Staff
The 2020-21 NBA regular season began on Dec. 22. Fan attendance across the country depends on a variety of factors, including coronavirus guidelines that vary from state to state.
Below is the latest news and information on each team’s home arena for the 20 teams currently qualified for either the State Farm Play-In Tournament or the 2021 NBA playoffs.
Arena: State Farm Arena
What we know: On May 3, the Hawks announced they will increase attendance for home playoff games to 7,625 fans, approximately 45% of State Farm Arena’s full capacity. The Hawks will offer a 500-person vaccinated fan section, in which fans with proof of vaccination can be seated without social distancing. Additional lower bowl seating will be added to the East side of the building as plexiglass will be added behind player benches and other areas throughout the building for additional safety. Masks will continue to be required for all fans inside the arena.
Arena: TD Garden
What we know: The Celtics and state officials announced on Feb. 25 that the TD Garden will allow fans beginning on March 22. The team is permitted to have 12% capacity at home games and will follow extensive COVID-19 protocols to ensure fan safety during games.
Arena: Barclays Center
What we know: New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Barclays Center has been approved to reopen beginning Feb. 23, when the Nets take on the Sacramento Kings at 7:30 p.m. ET. Following State guidelines, the venue will be limited to 10% capacity until further notice.
Arena: Spectrum Center
What we know: The Charlotte Hornets announced that the team will increase Spectrum Center’s capacity for any potential games in the upcoming State Farm Play-In Tournament and the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs, bringing the number of fans to approximately 12,000 or 60%. Previously, the capacity for Hornets games was 25%.
Arena: American Airlines Center
What we know: In an interview on May 13, Mavs owner Mark Cuban said the Mavs have approval from the NBA for “at least 9,000” fans for playoff games. For the Mavs’ Feb. 8 game against Minnesota, 1,500 essential workers were the first fans this season to see a game in person. As a frame of reference, the Dallas Stars, who also use the American Airlines Center as their home arena, began the season with 25% capacity for home games.
Arena: Ball Arena
What we know: The Nuggets announced they are increasing attendance for to 7,750 — or roughly 40% — for the playoffs. Denver first allowed fans back at games on April 2, with 4,050 fans permitted entry for basketball games (as well as games for the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche) — which is roughly 22% capacity of Ball Arena.
Arena: Chase Center
What we know: The Warriors announced that Chase Center has been approved to host fans for the team’s remaining nine regular season home games, beginning April 23, when the Warriors face the Denver Nuggets. Per California State Department of Public Health guidelines that were announced on April 2, Chase Center can accommodate up to 35% capacity based on the venue’s plan to require all fans and personnel to produce either proof of a full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
Arena: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
What we know: The Pacers announced that they will have a limited number of tickets for home games on sale to the general public. The games on sale will be played between Jan. 24 and March 4 and will be limited to approximately 1,000 tickets per game through Jan. 25. There will be gradual increases after that as the Marion County Health Department will allow 25% capacity, or roughly 4,500 fans, for Pacers home games.
Arena: Staples Center
What we know: The Clippers announced on April 2 that with the State of California announcing that Los Angeles County has moved into the orange tier, we will continue working closely with the L.A. County Department of Public Health and STAPLES Center to determine the guidelines for safely hosting fans at Clippers home games this season. With the new guidelines in place, we are planning for a certain number of fans to attend our game against Minnesota on April 18.
Arena: Staples Center
What we know: The Lakers announced on April 2 that the State of California announced guidelines today that will allow Lakers fans to return to STAPLES Center. Now that we have the guidance, we will work with LA County Public Health and STAPLES Center to finalize our plans to have fans safely attend our games starting with the Lakers vs. Celtics game on April 15th.
Arena: FedEx Forum
What we know: The Grizzlies announced on Jan. 3 that fans were being welcomed back to FedExForum in phases. First, floor seats were welcomed back, followed by suite guests on Jan. 16 and fans with season tickets on Feb. 4. The final phase is to sell single game tickets for the second half of the season. Seating capacity for Grizzlies games is roughly 20% of the total capacity, or roughly 3,500 fans.
Arena: AmericanAirlines Arena
What we know: The Heat announced that, beginning April 1, two sections in the lower bowl of AmericanAirlines Arena will be reserved for fully vaccinated fans. Masks will still be required, even for the vaccinated fans, but social distancing rules will be slightly relaxed in those areas. Previously, the Heat announced they would begin allowing a limited number of fans to attend games at AmericanAirlines Arena the week of Jan. 24. Screening would be done by highly trained, virus-sniffing dogs. Approximately 2,000 fans will be allowed to attend each home game.
Arena: Fiserv Forum
What we know: The Bucks announced that they are expanding attendance at home games to 50% capacity, or roughly 9,000 fans, beginning in the NBA Playoffs. Previously, the Bucks had announced they would allow 18% capacity (roughly 3,280 fans) at Fiserv Forum beginning on March 20.
Arena: Madison Square Garden
What we know: The Knicks intend to host roughly 2,000 fans, or 10% capacity of Madison Square Garden, at every game beginning on Feb. 23 when New York hosts the Golden State Warriors. Tickets are being made available first to season-ticket holders and then to the general public.
Arena: Wells Fargo Center
What we know: The 76ers announced they will increase capacity for the 2021 playoffs to 50%. The Sixers began allowing fans back at home games on March 14, at which time they had 15% capacity for home games, or roughly 3,000 fans.
Arena: Phoenix Suns Arena
What we know: The Suns announced they are increasing capacity to 3,000 fans, or 17%, at Phoenix Suns Arena starting with the team’s matchup against the Brooklyn Nets on Feb. 16. Prior to that, the Suns had 1,500 fans in two-person and four-person, socially distanced pods. The added capacity will include more two-person and four-person pods in the upper level of the arena, along with a limited number of floor seat pods.
Arena: Moda Center
What we know: The Blazers announced they will allow fans at games starting on May 7. Portland plans to allow about 10% capacity and ticket access will be available on a priority basis to current season-ticket holders and other priority clients who will receive an email with more information. Courtside seating will be extremely limited and only available on a priority basis to current courtside clients.
Arena: AT&T Center
What we know: The Spurs announced they will welcome fans back to home games starting on March 12. Approximately 3,200 fans will be allowed for each game.
Arena: Vivint Home Smart Arena
What we know: The Jazz have played with an arena capacity of 5,500 fans during the second half of the season with COVID-19 procedures in place, including health screening, socially distanced seating arrangements and reduced capacity in common spaces. Per multiple reports, that total could be increased to 13,000 for the first round of the playoffs.
Arena: Capital One Arena
What we know: The Wizards announced they will welcome a limited number of fans at home games starting April 21. Per the team, attendance is capped at 10% of capacity, which equates to 2,100 fans per game.