Barclays Center welcomes back fans for the 1st time in nearly a year
Sports fans in New
York City will finally be allowed to support their teams in person.
Garden and Barclays Center will be open to the public for the first time in
nearly a year with some new safety protocols in effect.
be required to wear a mask and have a negative coronavirus test done three days
prior to attending the game. They
will also have their temperatures taken and then they will need to fill out a
the Barclays Center, fans are required to socially distance by sitting in
"pods" with up to four people, or mini suites, which are being called
"premium living rooms."
also be around 450 touchless hand sanitizing stations.
tickets will be digital and single game tickets will only be available after
the All-Star break. News 12 is told those tickets will go on sale as soon as
the NBA releases the schedule for the second half of the season.
at the Barclays Center say they are ready to welcome back fans.
“We’re not about trial and error, we’re about getting this
right the first time,” they say. “We’re taking this very, very seriously.”
Cuomo says the program comes from the success seen when fans were allowed back
during the Buffalo Bills playoff run.
says the success of reopening these arenas will determine when smaller venues
owners near the areas are also hopeful that New Yorkers will stop by.
getting ready with our Barclays drinks," one restaurant owner says.
"Our Nets fans always support us before and after the game."
The Nets are
taking on the Sacramento Kings tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Center is allowing less than the 10% capacity permitted by the state. After the
NBA All-Star break, officials say they will permit the full 10% or
approximately 1,800 fans.