Finally, some normalcy will return to the Golden State Warriors’ home games at their new arena, San Francisco’s Chase Center.
Playing in front of mostly empty seats due to the pandemic, the city and county of San Francisco will allow the Warriors to admit fans starting on April 23 against the Nuggets. Capacity will be limited to stop the spread of Covid-19, per the San Francisco Chronicle’s Connor Letourneau, but it’s welcome news all the same.
The news is fantastic for fans, the players, and owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, as well. They’ve been losing boatloads of money without fans attending games at their brand new, self-financed arena. There’s obviously no good time for a pandemic (understatement), but the timing was especially awkward regarding Golden State’s new venture.
It’s been a long road through the pandemic, and judging from the limited capacity allowed starting on April 23, the Bay Area isn’t out of the woods yet, not by a longshot. But 35 percent is a lot more than 0 percent, and the gradual reopening of society is clearly a reason for optimism.
Prepare to wear masks and social distance if you attend, however, with the State of California ready to leave it’s mask mandate in place as the state continues its recovery.
EXTRA: Here’s some more info from the Warriors about admittance. Fans will need a recent negative Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination to attend.