More than a dozen teams in the NBA are currently allowing fans at home games this season, with some of them allowing up to 4,000 to attend.
Four teams — the Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz — have approximately 4,000 fans at games with several others allowing in the range of 3,000 to attend. Several other teams planned to have fans by this point but have decided against it; the Toronto Raptors had fans at their temporary home location in Tampa, Florida, at the start of the season before closing games to fans in January.
The NBA in November sent a memo to teams with safety guidelines on allowing fans once a team is first given approval by local and state health officials. The league said that fans will not be allowed to sit courtside at games and must be at least 15 feet behind either team bench or 10 feet from the sideline. Any fan going to an NBA game must fill out a questionnaire about their health status and must wear a mask unless eating or drinking.
Fans with tickets within 30 feet of the court must also either return a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours prior to tipoff or pass an NBA-approved test on the day of the game. Those same fans will not be allowed to eat or drink at their seat. Testing would not be required for fans in arena suites if the suite or club were filled to 25 percent capacity or less.
NBA Team Fan Policies
Atlanta Hawks (State Farm Arena, capacity 18,118): The Hawks have 10% capacity at home games, approximately 1,811 fans.
Boston Celtics (TD Garden, 18,624): The Celtics will have 12% capacity at home games, approximately 2,234 fans, starting March 22.
Brooklyn Nets (Barclays Center, 17,732): The Nets have 10% capacity at home games, approximately 1,773 fans.
Charlotte Hornets (Spectrum Center, 19,077): The Hornets will be allowed to have approximately 3,000 fans after a recent executive order by Governor Roy Cooper. The team has said it will have fans ‘in the near future.’
Chicago Bulls (United Center, 20,917): No fans currently.
Cleveland Cavaliers (Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, 20,562): The Cavaliers have 14% capacity at home games, approximately 2,720 fans.
Dallas Mavericks (American Airlines Center, 19,200): The Mavericks have 20% capacity at home games, approximately 3,900 fans.
Denver Nuggets (Ball Arena, 19,520): No fans currently.
Detroit Pistons (Little Caesars Arena, 20,332): No fans currently.
Golden State Warriors (Chase Center, 18,064): No fans currently after preseason plans to have a restricted number of fans were rejected by the San Francisco Department of Health.
Houston Rockets (Toyota Center, 18,055): The Rockets have up to 20% capacity at home games, approximately 3,600 fans.
Indiana Pacers (Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 17,923): The Pacers have been approved to increase attendance until they have 25% capacity at home games, approximately 4,500 fans.
Los Angeles Clippers (Staples Center, 19,068): No fans currently.
Los Angeles Lakers (Staples Center, 18,977): No fans currently.
Memphis Grizzlies (FedEx Forum, 18,119): The Grizzlies have 11% capacity at home games, approximately 1,993 fans.
Miami Heat (AmericanAirlines Arena, 19,600): The Heat have 15% capacity at home games, approximately 3,000 fans.
Milwaukee Bucks (Fiserv Forum, 17,500): The Bucks currently have up to 10% capacity at home games and plan to build up to 25% capacity, approximately 4,375 fans.
Minnesota Timberwolves (Target Center, 18,978): No fans currently.
New Orleans Pelicans (Smoothie King Center, 16,867): The Pelicans have 11% capacity at home games, approximately 1,855 fans.
New York Knicks (Madison Square Garden, 19,812): The Knicks have 10% capacity at home games, approximately 1,981 fans.
Oklahoma City Thunder (Chesapeake Energy Arena, 18,203): No fans currently.
Orlando Magic (Amway Center, 18,846): The Magic have 20% capacity at home games, approximately 4,000 fans.
Philadelphia 76ers (Wells Fargo Center, 20,155): No fans currently.
Phoenix Suns (PHX Arena, 18,422): The Suns have 16% capacity at home games, approximately 2,947 fans.
Portland Trail Blazers (Moda Center, 19,441): No fans currently.
Sacramento Kings (Golden 1 Center, 17,853): No fans currently.
San Antonio Spurs (AT&T Center, 18,354): The Spurs will have 17% capacity at home games, approximately 3,200 fans, starting March 12.
Toronto Raptors (Scotiabank Arena, 19,800): The Raptors currently do not play with fans at home games. The team is playing home games this season in Tampa, Florida, because of cross-border travel restrictions. It started the season having up to 3,800 fans at games.
Utah Jazz (Vivint Smart Home Arena, 18,306): The Jazz have 21% capacity at home games, approximately 4,000 fans.
Washington Wizards (Capital One Arena, 20,362): No fans currently.