Golden State Warriors fans will be able to see their favorite team play home games in person this spring.
On Thursday, the Warriors confirmed that they will welcome fans back inside Chase Center for the club's final nine regular-season home games, starting with the April 23 matchup against the Denver Nuggets. Per California State Department of Public Health guidelines, the Warriors can fill the arena up to 35% of its standard capacity for the remaining contests.
"Every person entering Chase Center must produce either proof of a full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test that was administered within 48 hours prior to the game," the team explained in the prepared statement. "Fans who purchase their tickets more than seven days in advance of the game will be eligible to receive, at no cost to the fan, an at-home Lucira Health molecular COVID-19 test to be self-administered within 48 hours of the game, making the Warriors the first sports team to provide fans with an at-home testing solution. Fans will then enroll in CLEAR's Health Pass where they can securely link their test result and complete a health survey to generate a Health Pass, which they will be required to show for entry to Chase Center.
"Additionally, fans who can provide proof of vaccination do not need to produce a negative COVID-19 test, unless they are seated within 30 feet of the court. Fully-vaccinated fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets in designated sections of the arena bowl."
Last month, the Miami Heat became the first NBA team to announce that specific sections in their lower bowl would be opened only to spectators fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for at least 14 days.
Thus far, none of the four major North American professional sports leagues have declared they will utilize so-called "vaccine passports" for determining who can and cannot attend events this year. PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan told reporters last month attending tournaments will not be restricted only to fans vaccinated against the coronavirus.