A limited number of Trail Blazer fans will be allowed into Moda Center to watch their team play its final four home games of the season, plus playoffs, beginning with the Friday night game vs. the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Trail Blazers received clearance from Gov. Kate Brown Wednesday morning to allow spectators.
For the time being, crowds will be limited to 10 percent capacity of the venue, which would mean something in the neighborhood of 1,900 fans for each of the final four home games of the season.
“We're obviously really excited to start welcoming fans back to the arena,” said Chris McGowan, the Trail Blazers’ president and chief executive officer. “We've been looking forward to this day for a long time and know the energy and passion our fans are going to bring during important games is really important.”
Seats will be available in pods for one to six people per household, with the pods distanced more than six feet apart. Ticketholders will be assigned times to enter the arena, based on seat location, to avoid overcrowding at entrances.
Masks will be required unless eating or drinking. There will also be mandatory online health screening prior to entry.
“We would like to thank our fans for their support during the pandemic,” McGowan said. “This is a great step in the right direction and we feel like it's a light at the end of the tunnel.
“I would also like to thank the governor and her team for making sure she heard us and worked with us to get to this point. I would also like to thank the Oregon Health Authority for everything they've done to manage this crisis and pandemic and everything they've done to keep Oregonians safe.”
The Trail Blazers have been working on their plan for introducing spectators back to Moda Center for quite some time and are confident it will be safe.
“We've taken every precaution to manage the health and safety of our fans, our staff and our players,” McGowan said. “That's always been our driving force and our first priority.
“We'll continue to follow all CDC guidelines and make sure that everything is buttoned up from a safety perspective, so the experience is great and safe for fans who are coming back to Moda Center.”
There is hope that by playoff time the percentage of capacity could be enlarged and more fans could attend.
Tickets to games will be available on a priority basis, with long-tenured season-ticket holders at the top of the list, along with players' families, sponsors and the general public through Ticketmaster.
Further details will be available on the Trail Blazers' app.