The Atlanta Hawks are looking at getting fans back into their arena by the end of January.
During the broadcast of the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers game, the commentators announced that State Farm Arena is looking to get fans back into the building for the LA Clippers game on the 26th of January.
The league put the decision in the hands of every franchise as to whether they allow fans in due to COVID-19. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the league, causing a suspension of the 2019-20 season. It has caused multiple game postponements this season as well.
The arena and franchise are yet to release what numbers they think will be safe. It is a positive sign that they are looking at getting people back in. This move is going to help out the team as well as the fans themselves.
The Atlanta Hawks need their fans back.
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The Hawks have a young team taking the court every night, thanks in large part to injuries to the veterans. When the team is so young, sometimes playing against veterans who have been in the league for a number of years, it can be hard to lift when things are going against you.
The fans can help inspire these young guys to perform better when they may not have been able to find it within themselves. While there is not going to be a huge amount of interaction allowed, just knowing that they are there and potentially getting a lift will be amazing.
This is hopefully the first step back in the long road back to full arenas in the future. The NBA has tried to be diligent in the handling of their COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Now they have the chance to get fans back, hopefully safely.