By Cicero A. Estrella
Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and the rest of the Golden State Warriors are set for a reunion later this month with their boisterous fanbase.
The team has announced that it will reopen Chase Center to fans for its final nine regular-season games, starting with the April 23 showdown against the Denver Nuggets.
Under guidelines set by the California State Department of Public Health, the Warriors will be allowed to accommodate up to 35 percent capacity at the arena. Every guest is required to provide proof of either full vaccination against Covid-19 or a negative test result that must be administered within 48 hours prior the game. The limited capacity will allow visitors the space to keep proper social distance from each other.
“We’ve been working so hard for the last year with both the state and (San Francisco County) to find a path back for our fans at Chase Center, and the indoor-event guidance issued by the state is really encouraging,” Warriors President Rick Welts said. “Our job now is to sit down with the county, and to make sure that we have our arms around everything we need to do to ensure we’ll be able to return fans to Warriors games in Chase Center.”
The Warriors say they are the first professional team to provide home-testing kits for its fans. Those who purchase tickets seven days ahead of a game will be eligible to receive free of charge a Lucira Health molecular Covid-19 test, to be self-administered 48 hours before the game.
The team will also implement health and safety protocols that include mandatory face coverings, mobile ticketing, and an app for in-arena food and beverage orders. Fans are also discouraged from gathering outside Chase Center before and after games.
Additionally, the team has partnered with Clorox to help ensure fan safety.
“The Warriors are committed to ensuring Chase Center features the safest and cleanest indoor environment possible,” Chase Center General Manager Kim Stone said. “We’ve seen a significant shift over the last 10 months around venue health and hygiene. As we look to the eventual return of fans, Clorox’s world-class products, Chase Center’s state-of-the-art infrastructure and our dedication to adhering to stringent cleaning and disinfecting protocols is a strong combination designed to enhance the safety at Chase Center.”
Golden State last hosted a game with fans on March 10, 2020, before the pandemic temporarily shut down the 2019-20 season. The Warriors were not eligible to participate when the season restarted later that year in the Orlando, FL “bubble.”
The NBA began this season with teams playing in empty arenas. Some teams—depending on their states’ Covid-19 reopening rules—have already welcomed back fans.
Visit nba.com/warriors for ticket information, as well as full details of Chase Center’s health and hygiene protocols.
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