Today, it was announced that the Golden State Warriors would play its upcoming game against the Brooklyn Nets without Fans in attendance. A few hours later, the NCAA announced that its Men’s and Women’s basketball tournaments would continue, but without fans. Both moves were made in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (NOVID-19).
Question: Should Sporting Events be Held Without Fans in Attendance?
Official Statement by the NCAA:
The NCAA continues to address the impact of COVID-19 in consultation with public health officials and our COVID-19 advisory panel. Based on their advice and my discussions with the NCAA Board of Governors, I have made the decision to conduct our upcoming championship events, including the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with only essential staff and limited family attendance. While I understand how disappointing this is for all our sports, my decision is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing in the United States. This decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of our coaches, administrators, fans, and, most importantly, our student-athletes. We recognize the opportunity to compete in an NCAA national championship is an experience of a lifetime for the students and their families. Today, we will move forward and conduct championships consistent with the current information and will continue to monitor and make adjustments as needed.
Official Statement by Golden State Warriors
Due to escalating concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and in consultation with the City and County of San Francisco, the Golden State Warriors announced today that tomorrow night’s game vs. the Brooklyn Nets at Chase Center will be played without fans in attendance. In addition, all events through March 21 will be cancelled or postponed at this time. Fans with tickets to Thursday and Saturday night’s games will receive a refund in the amount paid. Guests who purchased tickets to a concert occurring at Chase Center during the impacted dates will be notified through the promoter directly to either receive a refund or exchange for a rescheduled show at Chase Center.
We will continue to monitor this evolving situation closely to determine next steps for future games and events. We appreciate the understanding and patience of our fans, guests and partners during this unprecedented time.
Scheduled events through March 21 at Chase Center include:
•Thursday, March 12 – Golden State Warriors vs. Brooklyn Nets*
•Friday, March 13 – Tame Impala (postponed)
•Saturday, March 14 – Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Austin Spurs (moved to Santa Cruz)*
•Thursday, March 19 – Post Malone (cancelled or postponed – TBD)
•Saturday, March 21 – Bell Biv Devoe & Friends (postponed)
*Games will continue as scheduled without fans in attendance.