Where NBA teams stand on in-arena attendance
Keep up with the latest news and information about every NBA home arena as the start of the 2020-21 season nears.
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.
Arena: State Farm Arena
What we know: The Hawks announced the team will continue to play games at State Farm Arena with limited guests and are targeting Jan. 26 for the return of ticketed fans. Tickets for games from Jan. 26 through Feb. 24 will go on sale at a later date and the Hawks will open at 10% capacity (approximately 1,700 tickets) before gradually increasing throughout the season pending adequate conditions.
Arena: TD Garden
What we know: The Celtics announced via the TD Garden website that they will not allow fans at games to open the 2020-21 season. “TD Garden is working closely with state, city, and public health officials along with the NBA & NHL to develop and review plans to safely welcome fans back to the arena. We are not permitted to host fans at this time, but when approved, we will share all new TD Garden policies and procedures with our guests.”
Arena: Barclays Center
What we know: The Nets announced their preseason home game (vs. the Wizards on Dec. 13) will be played without fans. They said later on Dec. 4 that Barclays Center will be following New York State guidelines to determine when fans can return to games. Current guidelines do not permit fans.
Arena: Spectrum Center
What we know: The Hornets announced that they will hold home games without fans when the 2020-21 season begins. The team said it remains “optimistic that conditions will improve in the coming months” and Charlotte hopes to have fans in attendance later this season.
Arena: United Center
What we know: The Bulls announced that they will not be hosting fans in the United Center for the beginning of the 2020-21 season. The team says it will continue working with the NBA and city and state officials to evaluate conditions to determine if there is a timeline where fans can return to home games.
Arena: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
What we know: The Cavaliers revealed their initial health and safety plan, which included a state-restricted, reduced seating limit of 300 fans per game. The state of Ohio recently increased that limit to 10% of capacity, and the team and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse will offer those seats to their season ticket members and other partners first, on a game-by-game basis starting with their January 11th game.
Arena: American Airlines Center
What we know: The Mavericks announced on the American Airlines Center website that it will employ seating charts and event capacities that will be unique to ensure physical distancing for all guests.
Arena: Ball Arena
What we know: The Nuggets announced they will not host fans to open the 2020-21 season. Per the team, “the Denver Nuggets along with Kroenke Sports & Entertainment will continue to work closely with state and local authorities to navigate the safest return to hosting fans in Ball Arena.”
Arena: Little Caesars Arena
What we know: The Pistons announced that they will not host fans to open the regular season. The team will continue to work closely with the NBA and state and local authorities to identify appropriate timing for safely welcoming back fans to Little Caesars Arena.
Arena: Chase Center
What we know: The Warriors have yet to officially announce their home game attendance plans for the 2020-21 regular season.
Arena: Toyota Center
What we know: The Rockets announced they will have a reduced capacity of fans at home game and all other arena events to allow for proper social distancing between sets of guests.
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 have yet to officially announce their home game attendance plans for the 2020-21 regular season.
Arena: Staples Center
What we know: The Lakers announced that games at Staples Center will be held without fans until further notice. The team says it plans to work with state and local officials to “come up with a plane to safely welcome fans back to Staples Center” while also adhering to state, local and NBA guidelines.
Arena: FedEx Forum
What we know: After initially announcing they would allow limited fans at the FedEx Forum, the Grizzlies announced they would begin the season without fans in attendance until further notice, due to recommendations from local public health officials.
Arena: AmericanAirlines Arena
What we know: In an e-mail sent to season-ticket holders on Dec. 11, Miami said it will not have fans at its preseason opener or the regular-season home opener on Christmas Day. Nothing beyond those two dates had been decided yet.
Arena: Fiserv Forum
What we know: The Bucks announced that games at Fiserv Forum will be held without fans until further notice in accordance with state and local guidelines. The team will continue to work with state and local health officials, as well as the NBA, to evaluate a potential return for fans in some capacity.
Arena: Target Center
What we know: The Timberwolves have yet to officially announce their home game attendance plans for the 2020-21 regular season.
Arena: Smoothie King Center
What we know: The Pelicans announced they plan to host approximately 4% of capacity at Smoothie King Center, or 750 fans, for home games to open the 2020-21 season. No seats will be within 30 feet of the court and a limited number of tickets to satisfy player, team and other required NBA obligations were also approved. Per the team, future rulings on fan capacity for home games will be shaped by guidance from health and safety experts as well as guidance from Ochsner Health and the NBA.
Arena: Madison Square Garden
What we know: Madison Square Garden announced via its website the Knicks will not allow fans as arena and team officials work with government and public health officials “to ensure we continue to set the industry standard for safe and enjoyable experiences.”
Arena: Chesapeake Energy Arena
What we know: The Thunder announced that it will begin the season by playing games at Chesapeake Energy Arena without fans in an effort to “exercise an abundance of caution to help control the spread of the virus in our community.” The team said it is continuing to monitor and evaluate the situation to determine when fans can return to home games.
Arena: Amway Center
What we know: The Magic announced that the Amway Center will have a physically-distanced, limited capacity of approximately 4,000 fans for regular season games. The first five regular season home games are expected to experience a lesser capacity in order to allow fans to become accustomed to the health and safety protocols. Season ticket holders will be given first priority based on their tenure, followed by fans who have made a season ticket deposit.
Arena: Wells Fargo Center
What we know: The 76ers have yet to officially announce their home game attendance plans for the 2020-21 regular season.
Arena: Phoenix Suns Arena
What we know: The Suns will begin the season without fans in attendance. “Unfortunately, due to the increased transmission of COVID-19 in Arizona, the Suns have made the difficult decision to begin the 2020-21 season without hosting fans at the Phoenix Suns Arena,” the team said in a statement.
Arena: Moda Center
What we know: The Blazers announced they will not have fans at games to open the 2020-21 season. However, the team is working with public health officials to determine a timeline in which fans can return to watch games at Moda Center.
Arena: Golden 1 Center
What we know: The Kings announced that games will be played at Golden 1 Center without a crowd in attendance to start the 2020-21 season. “As the team gears up to start the season, fans have the opportunity to purchase a cutout so they can be part of the action at Golden 1 Center all season long,” the team said.
Arena: AT&T Center
What we know: The Spurs announced that they will continue to host home games without fans. “Welcoming fans back to the AT&T Center remains a major organizational priority for all of us,” said Spurs Sports & Entertainment CEO RC Buford said in a statement. “While we are confident in the plans and protocols we have in place, we are uncomfortable hosting fans at this moment as the COVID-19 numbers and data in our community continue to trend in the wrong direction.”
Arena: Tampa’s AMALIE Arena
What we know: There’s been a pause in admittance of fans to Raptors games due to a spike in COVID-19 numbers across west central Florida. “The facility will remain closed to fans through at least February 5 and the organization will reassess the numbers with local health and government officials in the coming weeks before making any subsequent decisions,” per Vinik Sports Group, LLC, the parent company of the Tampa Bay Lightning and AMALIE Arena.
Arena: Vivint Home Smart Arena
What we know: The Jazz announced that they will play home games at Vivint Home Smart Arena with a limited number of fans and all preseason games will be played without fans. The arena will reopen with a seating capacity of 1,500 in the lower bowl and limited suite-level seating for regular-season games. The team is also enacting several social and physical distancing measures, including face masks for all fans age 2 and older.
Arena: Capital One Arena
What we know: The Wizards announced that games will be played at Capital One Arena without fans to begin the 2020-21 season. “At this time, while we remain very optimistic for the potential to host fans at Wizards games at some point during the 2020-21 season, we must begin the season without our loyal fans in attendance,” the team said.