NBA 2021: The LA Lakers and LA Clippers are planning to welcome fans back to Staples Center for a game for the first time this season.
The Lakers are concluding plans to have fans in the audience when they play the Boston Celtics on April 15. The Clippers are planning on fans returning for their home games commencing on April 18 against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Both teams declared plans for fans to revisit Staples Center with the state of California stating that Los Angeles County has transitioned into the orange layer. The Lakers and Clippers said that they will work with the L.A. County Department of Public Health and Staples Center to determine guidelines for hosting fans safely at home games this season.
NBA 2021: The Clippers said their plan is for “a certain number of fans” to be in attendance at the game against the Timberwolves.
“That’s going to be super exciting for our whole community,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said before his team faced the Kings in Sacramento. “I know our guys, our coaches, our organization internally will be really excited about it. I think the players on the floor will notice the energy that our fans bring.
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“Obviously we don’t know exactly how many fans will be there yet, but just having some in there will bring us great energy, and I’m just happy for the L.A. community. It’s one of everybody’s favorite things to do is go to Lakers games, and they haven’t been able to do that during this pandemic. So just really excited about this news.”
NBA 2021: The LA Lakers and Clippers newly obtained approval from the L.A. County Health Department to have 50 guests at games in accordance with rules for TV and award show productions in L.A. County.
Starting with the game against Minnesota, the Clippers have six home games that could have fans, including a home game facing the Lakers on May 6. With the game versus Boston, the Lakers will have nine home games left that could have fans in attendance.
The Kings issued a statement Friday saying the team “looks forward to safely welcoming fans back to the arena in the near future.”
The Golden State Warriors said the team is “in ongoing conversations” with city health officials about safely returning fans to Chase Center and hoped to have details soon.