The Portland Trail Blazers will be allowed to welcome fans at the Moda Center with 10% of the capacity, starting Friday night when they play the Los Angeles Lakers, according to a tweet by John Canzano of The Oregonian. Referring to unnamed sources, Canzano claims that the move has already been approved and that he expects an official announcement to that effect on Wednesday morning.
Source in Salem tells me that @trailblazers has been approved for 10 percent fans at the Moda Center starting on Friday.
I’m expecting an official announcement tomorrow AM.
̵1; John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) May 5, 2021
The Blazers, along with all the other NBA franchises, have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the 2020-21 season so far. The league allowed teams to play games at their home arenas, but without fans present. As vaccines have become widely available, state governments have eased restrictions on public gatherings, allowing many franchisors to bid fans back on a limited basis, usually a percentage of total attendance.
Oregon has been among the slowest states to ease the restrictions, which has resulted in the Blazers being among the last teams to reopen their arena. A stream of tweets came today from Portland stars Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic. sorry for that fact. Canzano’s tweet follows the screams.
Moda Center has approximately 20,000 fans with regular capacity. A return percentage of 10% would presumably allow 2,000 fans to watch the game from the stands.
Canzano adds that selected candidates will be first in line to buy tickets, including season ticket holders and team sponsors. He also suggests that the limit can be raised to 20% for the post-season.
I am told that Trail Blazers tickets are expected to be offered for:
– Season-tix holders based on time
– Families of players
– the public
No perfect way to do this when talking about ~ 1900 tickets (10%).
I expect the playoffs to end with 20% capacity.
– John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) May 5, 2021