(Tampa) The Toronto Raptors will have fans in the stands during their home games in Florida this season.
The team announced Tuesday that it has been granted permission to host a limited number of spectators at the Amalie Arena in Tampa. The plan is to allow 3,800 spectators to attend regular season games, but fewer than 3,200 spectators will be admitted in Friday’s preseason game against the Miami Heat.
No seat less than 30 feet from the ground may be occupied. Seats sold must allow physical distancing and spectators over 2 years old must wear a face cover. Spectators will also be required to complete a questionnaire upon arrival at the arena and payments for parking and concessions cannot be made with cash.
The Raptors added that the air purification and surface disinfection system has been improved.
Due to border restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Raptors are the only NBA team to play outside of its market for at least the first portion of the season. If the team had been able to play in Toronto, restrictions on indoor gatherings would likely have prevented spectators from attending the Scotiabank Arena.
Florida has been a major center of the COVID-19 outbreak, crossing 20,000 deaths on Monday. More than 1.13 million cases have been confirmed since the start of the pandemic in March.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers can 25% fill Raymond James Stadium (with a capacity of 65,890) for NFL games, which is the maximum allowed under NFL and Centers for Control and disease prevention.
“The Raptors consider themselves fortunate to be working closely with the NBA, the Lightning organization and local public health authorities to create a safe environment for the presence of a limited number of spectators at games,” said MLSE vice president of sales and services, Tom McDonald.
“As the Raptors make Tampa their home for the start of the season, the team looks forward to the opportunity to thank the community for their support, while reiterating the importance of the steps taken to ensure that the return of supporters is safe. ”
Tickets go on sale Thursday morning and start at US $ 30.