Attendance inside the Smoothie King Center for New Orleans Pelicans games will be limited during the 2020-2021 NBA season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team announced yesterday. The Pelicans will limit attendance to 4% of the arena’s capacity, or 750 fans, when they host the Milwaukee Bucks during their first home preseason game Friday, Dec. 18. No seats will be within 30 feet of the court.
Fans attending Pelicans games will be required to wear face coverings at all times, unless eating and drinking, and must adhere to socially distanced seating. Team officials say neck gaiters, bandanas, or masks with valves or vents will not be allowed in the Smoothie King Center.
Capacity for games throughout the regular season will be determined by local health data and in conjunction with city and state officials, health and safety experts and guidance from Ochsner Health and the NBA.