Report: First NBA Game Closed to Fans Due to Coronavirus Will Be Thursday Night


In the wake of Mayor London Breed announcing that San Francisco will prohibit large events of 1,000 or more people for at least the next two weeks, the Warriors have said they will face the Nets in an empty gym on Thursday night and will cancel or postpone all events at Chase Center through March 21. Here is the full statement from the club:

"Due to escalating concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and in consultation with the City and County of San Francisco, the Golden State Warriors announced today that tomorrow night’s game vs. the Brooklyn Nets at Chase Center will be played without fans. In addition, all events through March 21 will be cancelled or postponed at this time. Fans with tickets to Thursday and Saturday night’s games will receive a refund in the amount paid. Guests who purchased tickets to a concert occurring at Chase Center during the impacted dates will be notified through the promoter directly to either receive a refund or exchange for a rescheduled show at Chase Center.

We will continue to monitor this evolving situation closely to determine next steps for future games and events. We appreciate the understanding and patience of our fans, guests and partners during this unprecedented time."

The effected events are as such:

*Thursday, March 12 – Golden State Warriors vs. Brooklyn Nets*

*Friday, March 13 – Tame Impala (postponed)

*Saturday, March 14 – Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Austin Spurs (moved to Santa Cruz)*

*Thursday, March 19 – Post Malone (cancelled or postponed)

*Saturday, March 21 – Bell Biv Devoe & Friends (postponed)

Marc Stein of the New York times was the first to scoop the news.

Woj followed up on that report:

Breed offered an extensive statement, in which she said that she spoke with the Warriors regarding the newly-issued moratorium.

“We know that this Order is disruptive, but it is an important step to support public health,” Breed said.. “We’re following the recommendations of public health officials to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. This order mirrors actions being taken by other local governments and is informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. We know cancelling these events is a challenge for everyone and we’ve been talking with venues and event organizers about the need to protect public health. Today I spoke with the Warriors to discuss the steps we’re taking to cancel large events and they are in support of our efforts.”

Per the official release, which can be read in full right here, the order goes into effect for two weeks at which point it can be reauthorized by the Heath Office.