Warriors submit plan to allow for 50% capacity at home games
Nov 18 2020
The Golden State Warriors are hoping to embark on a bold plan to have fans at their home games this season.
Team owner Joe Lacob said the club's proposal - known as "Operation DubNation" - involves paying up to $30 million to ensure Warriors fans, players, and employees undergo rapid PCR testing for the coronavirus ahead of every home game.
The Golden State Warriors have submitted a plan-internally called "Operation DubNation"-to local and state officials that would allow them to re-open the Chase Center and operate at 50% capacity for the upcoming National Basketball Association season".
In addition, Lacob added that empty arenas threaten the National Basketball Association as a business.
"This is a serious, serious problem".
For some fanbases, NBA Draft season is more exciting than the actual season. But the Warriors want to have fans at their games and prove to the country and world that you can safely reopen environments, provided you do it the right way.
"It's going to be a wild year and we're all going to be adjusting on the fly", Schlenk said on a conference call Monday, according to Sarah Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Now we're talking some serious, serious financial damage to a lot of people". While the National Basketball Association bubble in Walt Disney World was very successful, it's not something that is sustainable for the duration of an entire season. It would be different if he wasn't spending the money. Chase Center's capacity is 18,064, so that means that if their Warriors' plan is approved by officials, up to 9,000 fans can be present in each game. No professional sports league in the United States has seen a team host fans at 50% capacity since the pandemic began, and as cases continue to rise across the country, it doesn't seem like something that will happen any time soon.