Sources: The NBA aims to have arena suites open to fans at 25-to-50 percent capacity for 2020-21 season tipoff, based on local regulations. An amount of fans — under protocols such as masks, social distancing and coronavirus testing — is a goal to start season.
The coronavirus pandemic has made life fluid, and a clinical vaccine will play a role in this too. NBA's goal is some amount of fans to start the season, depending on each market's restrictions. Courtside fans, for instance, would be about 10-to-12 feet away, sources said.
ANALYSIS: As the league expects to open up the 2020-21 season on Dec. 22 pending a vote from the NBPA tomorrow, Adam Silver will now shift focus on getting fans back into arenas safely. Obviously arenas will not be anywhere close to full capacity, but the league would like to let fans back in where they can as each market will have different protocols and restrictions on attending live sporting events.