The NBA is going to have to make a decision real soon about having the Golden State Warriors play home games without fans in attendance or having the team play in another city due TO coronavirus concerns.
On Wednesday, the city of San Francisco banned large gatherings of over 1,000 people which will include Warriors games.
The NBA is currently discussing playing games at neutral sites or having games without fans in attendance considering more cities may put in restrictions on large gatherings.
As the NBA’s board of governors prepares to confer with the commissioner’s office Wednesday in a critical conference call on the coronavirus crisis, one scenario introduced into the league’s conversation involves moving some games to NBA cities that have yet to suffer outbreaks, league sources told ESPN.
If the virus clusters and forces a team out of its city and arena for a period of time, there has been discussion about moving games to the away opponent’s arena if that city hasn’t suffered an outbreak — or even moving games to neutral cities and sites, league sources told ESPN.
The NBA is discussing a number of possibilities — including eliminating fans from buildings for games or, more drastically, suspending game operations for a period of time — but sources said decisions on those options remain complicated by the fact that there has been a limited amount of public testing for the coronavirus in the United States. There is no full understanding of how widespread and debilitating the virus could become in the country.
The NBA is stuck between a rock and hard place but has yet to come up with a solution so far. We’ll update this post whenever the NBA makes an official comment.
Update: The Warriors plan to play in the Chase Center on Thursday in a game close to fans.