The original plan was to allow 7,625 fans in for playoffs, which would put them at about 43% capacity, with one vaccinated section on the opposite side of the court from the team benches. But that evolved as vaccination efforts continued, and they’ve now added more vaccinated sections throughout the building. They also are adding more courtside seating, which will require proof of vaccination (showing a vaccine card), as will all the vaccinated seating.
Both the NBA and the Georgia Department of Public Health signed off on this plan, per Koonin.
“All season, we’ve followed protocols,” Koonin said. “We’ve had a very successful season. We learned a lot. Most importantly, we have no reports of people getting sick or infected in the building. Now it’s a different time and we see COVID-19 infection rates persistently dropping, which is great news. And we want to put as many people in our building, to create homecourt advantage, that we can safely put in the building.”