The Portland Trail Blazers went from being one of the last NBA teams to allow fans back at arenas to now allowing one of the more larger crowds.
With the team announcing that they will allow 8,000 fans for Game 3 and 4 against the Denver Nuggets, the team wasted no time selling out their home games at the Moda Center.
The Trail Blazers have confirmed to NBCSNW that both games are sold out!
It's not shocking.
Since the 2007-’08 season, the Blazers have been in the top-10 in average attendance.
With the series being tied 1-1, the team will need all of the support they can get, as it’s been much appreciated by the players.
“I’m super excited. I think our record is much better on the road for a reason,” said Damian Lillard when fans were initially allowed back. “We come in these other buildings and just having that fan energy, that real energy in the building, it feels like a competitive NBA game when the crowd is there. It’s fun. It feels normal. It’s how the game is supposed to be played. Then we come home and it’s an empty, dead building. It’s a noticeable difference. You can feel it."
CJ McCollum asked a question that has now been answered.
In a recent press release, the team announced they’ll have a section for fully vaccinated fans at least two weeks removed from their second shot. Fans who wish to sit in the vaccinated sections will need to show proof of their CDC-issued vaccination card or digital/printed photo of their vaccination card.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Governor and Oregon Health Authority as the first indoor sports venue in Oregon with Vaccinated Sections,” said Chris McGowan, President & CEO, Portland Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter in a release. “Rip City has shown us such tremendous support throughout the season, and I am confident their in-arena energy will fuel the team as we fight to bring the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy to Portland.”
Fans are required to wear masks inside the arena unless eating or drinking, and groups of attendees will be seated at least six feet apart. Completion of a health screening on the Blazers mobile app is required before entry.
The Blazers asked for fans and got them. Now it’s on the team to give them a show, and more importantly send them home with a win. All 8,000 of them.