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The Spurs will welcome fans back to games beginning on March 12

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Whose ready to replace that artificial fan noise with some real cheers?

The San Antonio Spurs have announced they will welcome fans back to games in a limited capacity of 3,200 starting on March 12 against the Orlando Magic — their first of 17 home games after the All-Star Break and the first time in a year fans have been able to attend a Spurs game. Per the Spurs official press release:

Starting Friday, March 12 the AT&T Center will once again be home to the best fans in the NBA when the San Antonio Spurs host the Orlando Magic. Spurs Sports & Entertainment today announced its health and safety plans to welcome back fans for the first time since March 10, 2020.

“We are thrilled to welcome our fans back to the AT&T Center,” said RC Buford, Spurs Sports & Entertainment CEO. “We’ve always said we have the best fans in the NBA and playing in an empty arena has reminded us all of how fortunate we are to enjoy the amazing support we receive from our fans. We can’t wait to see, hear and engage with our fans again starting March 12.”

Fans will be invited back at a reduced capacity of approximately 3,200 to help maintain physical distancing. The March 12 game will be the first of 17 home games for the Spurs in the Second Half of the 2020-21 season, presented by H-E-B.

“For the last 10 months our team has been laser focused on implementing heightened health and safety measures, concentrating on three key areas, people, surfaces and air,” said AT&T Center General Manager Casey Heverling. “The entire organization has gone above and beyond to make sure that the AT&T Center is a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone in attendance.”

Since April 2020, SS&E has made numerous changes to policies, procedures and operations within the AT&T Center. For a full list of enhanced health and safety updates and protocols, visit Our Commitment to you.

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Season Ticket Members and partners will have priority access to available ticket packages for the second half of the season beginning March 2. Fans can receive exclusive presale access beginning March 5 at 12 p.m. CST by joining the Official Spurs Fan Club. Single-game tickets and suites go on sale to the general public March 5 at 2 p.m. CST. Seating pods of two or four seats will be available throughout the arena to maintain six feet of physical distancing between each group of fans

You can click on the “Our Commitment” link above to get more information about changes that have been made to make to make the games a safe, enjoyable experience, which will include commitment from the fans to go through a temperature screening upon arrival wear masks, social distance, leave bags/belongings at home or in a locker at the arena, and use required apps to create a contactless environment.

Steps the Spurs have taken to improve safety at the AT&T Center creating cashless and touchless paying, electronic surface cleaners and a dedicated “Clean Team”, hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the arena, an improved air purification and filtration system, and upgraded WiFi services to accommodate the mostly digital experience.

The Spurs had originally hoped to welcome fans back at the beginning of the New Year, but a spike in COVID cases at the time prevented them from doing so. As of now, only 13 NBA teams have had fans in attendance at any point this season.