The Golden State Warriors play at the Chase Center, a state-of-the-art arena that was built following the team’s exodus from Oracle Arena. With Covid-19 still ravaging California, the Warriors’ home venue has announced a vaccine mandate.
This is among the first for NBA teams as they’ll look to pack their stadiums as safely as possible. And, to be fair, this makes more sense than doing the vaccinated population with the negative test which a good amount of venues have kicked off trials with.
In order to attend a Golden State Warriors game this upcoming season, fans are going to have to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination.
This is a good move from Golden State. Below outlines how NBA.com worded the release of the news.
“The Golden State Warriors and Chase Center announced updated details today regarding the venue’s entry requirements, as mandated by the City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health order issued on August 12, 2021. The order, as clarified by the City and County of San Francisco on September 10, states that fans ages 12 and older are required to show proof of full vaccination to enter the venue for events with more than 1,000 attendees, regardless of any extenuating circumstances,” NBA.com wrote.
This is going to be a bit different than just bringing a vaccination card though.
With fake cards being on the rise as well, it’s smart to go a different, more secure route. Per SFist, “the Warriors are encouraging everyone over 18 to use the CLEAR Health Pass app to easily and securely show their proof of vaccination.”
While the fans are going to have to be vaccinated, there’s no mandate for the players, and it doesn’t look like that’s anywhere on the horizon. It’ll be interesting how the NBA tackles that as the issue continues to loom large over sporting teams throughout all different leagues.
The Warriors’ preseason kicks off on October 4, but that game will be held at the Moda Center against the Blazers. Their first setting with over 1,000 fans at the Chase Center will be on October 6 against the Denver Nuggets.
Their preseason games should get four digits worth of fans. Now, the real issues will be with the regular-season games, but given the Warriors’ popularity, it feels doubtful the Dubs run into any attendance issues.
The Warriors’ first regular-season game is October 19 with October 21 against the Clippers as their first home game.