Earlier today, the California Department of Public Health announced that indoor concerts, theatre performances, and other private gatherings would be allowed beginning April 15 due to a record low in the rate of people testing positive for COVID-19.
As a result, Staples Center will soon be allowing fans.
The Clippers released a statement Friday that they will be welcoming fans starting with their home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on April 18, the first time they will have had fans since March 8, 2020. That game is one of six home contests remaining in the regular season.
With the State of California announcing that Los Angeles County has moved into the orange tier, we will continue working closely with the L.A. County Department of Public Health and STAPLES Center to determine the guidelines for safely hosting fans at Clippers home games this season. With the new guidelines in place, we are planning for a certain number of fans to attend our game against Minnesota on April 18.
Can't wait to see you, #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/6PtowfQu56— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) April 2, 2021
As of now, it’s unknown how many fans will be allowed into Staples Center, or if there will be a testing/vaccination requirement. But whatever the parameters are, having fans in attendance will be an automatic boost for the home team.
“It’s been hard for sure,” Patrick Beverley said about playing without fans. Especially on the road, you know everybody likes to give me an extra hard time. But especially our fans, we have been pulling in a good crowd since I came with the Clippers.”
There’s no doubt that energy will be present even with limited capacity.
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