NBA 2020-21 Utah Jazz Big Update: While the NBA Board of Governors decided the NBA 2020-21 season on the 22nd of December, the League plans to bring back fans in the arenas at a 25-50 percent capacity. The Utah Jazz will allow a limited number of fans in their home court.
The Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob has also stated that they are prepared to spend upwards of $30 million on Covid-19 testing to bring back fans at a 50 percent capacity.
Golden State Warriors’ President Rick Welts stated that this attempt to reopen the Chase Center might be a bigger hurdle than operating through all the political barriers he had to deal with in getting it built.
Is it a good decision by the Utah Jazz?
Vivint Arena will allow up to 1,500 fans in the lower bowl only, plus suite-level seating on a limited basis. There will not be fans in attendance for any preseason games that are from the 11th of December to the 19th of December.
Face masks will be required for fans ages 2 and above while seating will be socially distanced and hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the arena.
“The Jazz believe this is a responsible way to start the season from a public health and safety standpoint. Our intent is to increase the number of fans as the season unfolds in compliance with state guidelines. We want to reassure our guests that we are taking the utmost precautions to have a safe and enjoyable experience as they return. We are optimistic for the future and continue to closely monitor the public health situation with the State of Utah, Salt Lake County, and Salt Lake City officials, as well as the NBA.“, said the Jazz president Jim Olson.
Allowing fans will bring back sponsors and increase the Basketball Related Income for the league as well as the franchises. NBA is already saving $500 million by starting the season in December rather than in January.
The tentative NBA schedule calendar for the 2020-21 season:
• Dec. 11-19, 2020: Preseason games
• Dec. 22, 2020 – March 4, 2021: First Half of regular season
• March 5-10, 2021: All-Star break
• March 11 – May 16, 2021: Second Half of regular season
• May 18-21, 2021: Play-In Tournament
• May 22 – July 22, 2021: 2021 NBA Playoffs