virus that began at a wet market in Wuhan will now lead to the surreal scene of an NBA game being played in an empty arena.
The Golden State Warriors have confirmed that no fans will be admitted to their game on Thursday night against the Brooklyn Nets that will be played at the Chase Center in San Francisco.
Due to escalating concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, and in consultation with the City and County of San Francisco, tomorrow night’s game vs. the Nets at Chase Center will be played without fans. Fans with tickets to this game will receive a refund in the amount paid. pic.twitter.com/DMpO71ocvg
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) March 11, 2020
The move comes after the city of San Francisco banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
All across the world, sports leagues have been suspending their seasons because of the virus. The NBA has yet to hint toward going that far.
However, The league is reported to be mulling different options in response to the coronavirus. One scenario would see games moved from cities that have suffered a virus outbreak to those that have not, whether that be the away opponent’s arena or a neutral site.
League officials have also encouraged players to exchange fist bumps with fans instead of handshakes.
After playing the Nets on Thursday, the Warriors depart for a five-game road trip. Their next home game is scheduled for March 25.