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The Hornets will begin the 2020 season without fans in the stands

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This doesn’t mean there won’t be fans for the entire season.

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The Charlotte Hornets announced today that they would not be hosting fans in the arena when the 2020-21 season tips off in three weeks.

The statement:

With health and safety as our top priority, the Charlotte Hornets, in consultation with state and local government officials, have determined that home games at Spectrum Center will be held without fans when the 2020-21 NBA season begins.

We will continue to work with state and local health officials, as well as the NBA, to develop a plan that will allow fans to return to Spectrum Center in both a safe and timely manner. We are optimistic that conditions will improve in the coming months and hope to be able to have fans in attendance later in the season.

In the meantime, we will continue to implement enhanced safety procedures and will share additional information on these measures as we get closer to having fans return to Spectrum Center.

As the team notes in their press release, the team will continue working with local health officials to try to find ways to get people into the arena safely as the coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen nationwide.

There is optimism that effective vaccines to the coronavirus are on the horizon, and their widespread distribution would likely allow doors to open for more and more spectators as time passes. Until then, we’ll be limited to watching our beloved Hornets on the TV.