Golden State Warriors Hope To Have 50 Percent Capacity For 2020-21 Home Games
As the NBA finalizes its structure for the upcoming 2020-21 season, the Golden State Warriors are working hard on a plan that would allow them to host 50 percent capacity at Chase Center.
According to a report from Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, Golden State has “presented an ambitious plan to state and local officials to reopen Chase Center” with a 50 percent capacity for 2020-21.
Per Shelburne, Warriors owner Joe Lacob said the team is “prepared to spend upward of $30 million” for testing on all of the fans and team employees and players.
Golden State’s plan would also make social distancing and masks mandatory.
The NBA and NBPA agreed to a plan on a 72-game regular season (a reduction from the traditional 82-game schedule) that will begin on Dec. 22 – two and a half months after the conclusion of the 2020 NBA Finals.
Last week, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported that the league is aiming to have a fan capacity of 25-to-50 percent in the teams’ arena suites – with social distancing and other protocols in place.
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The Warriors moved into the new Chase Center last season. The team struggled mightily due to the injuries; Klay Thompson missed the entire season recovering from a torn ACL that he suffered in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, and a broken hand injury limited two-time MVP and franchise star Stephen Curry to five games.
The Warriors were one of eight teams that didn’t return to play in the Orlando, Florida bubble. They hold the second overall pick in next Wednesday’s draft. They finished with the worst record in the Western Conference at 15-50.
But with Thompson, Curry and Draymond Green healthy ahead of the 2020-21 season – and with a prized rookie on the horizon – the Warriors should be among the top championship contenders. The team won the NBA Championship in 2015, 2017 and 2018, and only time will tell if they have enough left to add a fourth championship.
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