Looking at empty stadiums has become a common thing not only at NBA, MLB, MLS or NFL, but also in almost every sports competition around the world. For all organizations, the lack of fans was a real setback, and for every supporter being unable to attend games was disappointing too.
The NBA first resolved to finish last year's competition in a particular way in order to take care of everyone's health, moving every team to Orlando, Florida. But the current season went back to a more normal course, although without the usual full-packed stadiums that used to surround every game.
However, not every team is completely playing without fans in their venues. There are a number of franchises who receive a limited amount of spectators, obviously if with previous approval from the authorities according to the situation in that city. Find out here which NBA teams allow fans into their stadiums during these times.
The Hawks started to allow fans into the State Farm Arena in January 26, 2021, in the hosts victory 108-99 against Los Angeles Clippers. The decision was prepared for a long time to take care that every health measure was taken and the amount of fans allowed was around 1,300, an 8% of total capacity.
The team that looks as a title contender this season as they are starring the amazing players Kirie Irving, James Harden and Kevin Durant started with a low figure to welcome back fans. Barclays Center opened the doors to 300 fans to attend games, and the figure may change depending on the situation's evolution.
The Cavs are allowing almost a 14% capacity of their venue, Rocket Morgage Fieldhouse, which has a total capacity of 19,432 people. Since the state of Ohio allowed it and the safety plan is followed, the number of fans that can attend Cavaliers games are 2,720.
The American Airlines Center first received around 1,500 essential workers to watch an NBA game live against Minnesota Timberwolves close to the action, a nice gesture from the Mavs.
The Rockets, who aren't going through a good season after James Harden's move to Brooklyn, announced that they will allow a limited capacity of fans to attend games at the Toyota Center. Their plan allows roughly 4,500 fans inside the stadium, with proper distancing between all.
The Pacers started with a certain amount of allowed fans into the Bankers Life Fieldhouse that then was increased as local authorities guaranteed it was safely to do so. The Fieldhouse currently allows around 4,500 fans, a 25% capacity.
The Grizzlies also welcomed a shorter amount of attendees at the beginning, but the number started to increase as the situation allowed it. It was a gradual rise that included floor seats first, then guest suits and later season ticket-holders. They currently allow 2,000 fans in, a 11 percent capacity of the arena.
The Heat firstly received a reduced capacity of around 1,500 fans into the American Airlines Arena, and later announced that they would increase that amount to the double.
The Bucks also have prepared the safety measures in order to open the Fiserv Forum's doors again for supporters to watch the team. An amount of 1,800 fans, 10 percent of capacity are allowed into the arena.
New Orleans Pelicans
At first, the Pelicans welcomed back a little number of fans, around 750, a 4% capacity of the Smoothie King Arena, until they could safely increase that number. A 9 percent of total capacity, 1,400 people, can attend the games.
New York Knicks
Madison Square Garden finally opened again for the spectators at a 10 percent capacity, which means around 1,980 attendees can watch in person the New York Knicks games.
The Amway Center also received fans again but obviously in a restricted number and following safety measures. The number of allowed fans increased since the first game when the doors opened and the Magic plan to receive up to a 20% capacity this season.
The Suns firstly allowed a limited number of 1,500 fans inside their venue until they announced an increasing capacity of 3,000. Another level of the stadium was opened to keep adding fans distanced from each other.
The Jazz increased the quantity of attendees after starting with a reduced number of 1,500 people in the lower bowl. Later, they opened the upper bowls too so that the number of fans allowed inside the Vivint Home Smart Arena went up to 3,902, almost a 21% capacity.
The Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, and Utah Jazz are the NBA teams which allowed fans into the stadium.