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OKC Thunder to allow some fans at games for 2020-21 season

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Posted at 7:28 PM, Nov 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-10 20:30:07-05

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Tuesday that it will allow some fans at games during the 2020-21 season.

Thunder officials said protocols will be in place to keep guests safe during games and other events at Chesapeake Energy Arena starting in December.

With the NBA season set to begin on Dec. 22, the Thunder, along with Chesapeake Energy Arena’s management company ASM Global, said there will be reduced seating capacity for home games.

READ MORE: It's done: The NBA comes back on Dec. 22, a 72-game season

“We are committed to fostering strong public confidence in the health and safety of the experience when guests return to the facility for events,” said Chris Semrau, General Manager of Chesapeake Energy Arena. “We recognize our guests’ desire to fully enjoy the event journey and we have taken the necessary steps to ensure a safe environment and a memorable experience.”

Health and safety measures for game and event nights include:

  • six-foot seating distance between groups of guests
  • required face masks
  • established contactless
  • self-service ticket scanning and concession purchases
  • mandated, strict hygiene and disinfecting procedures throughout the building

Click here to review a list of the Thunder's reopening health and safety measures.

"We remain focused on providing a safe and healthy environment for our guests as they return to enjoy the Thunder Basketball experience," said Danny Barth, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for the Thunder. "We have worked in close collaboration with the City of Oklahoma City, arena management and local health authorities to develop and implement these important measures.”

The Thunder plans to release its full schedule at later date and season ticket members will receive additional information in the coming days. For more information about Thunder's public safety measures, click here.

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