The Golden State Warriors have plotted a plan that promises a safe way for the fans to return and view the games live in the stadium. The franchise are prepared to spend around $30 million for the plan to come into fruition ahead of the season start on December 22.
With the government of California currently disallowing people to view sporting events, epidemiology laureate Warriors’ owner Joe Lacob and his team have prepared a plan for several months now. They intend to show the government that crowds, in a certain capacity can be allowed in the stadium, provided that the correct precautionary measures are taken beforehand.
The 6-time NBA championship winners aim to test fans with rapid PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests ahead of the games. Rapid PCR tests have shown to yield promising results with a nasal or throat swab in a matter of just 15 minutes and are stated to be better than the rapid antigen test which have often resulted in false-positive tests. NBA and MLB employed the use of rapid PCR tests to conduct their search for cases before the season restart.
Apart from the tests, the franchise intends to ask the fans to wear masks and abide by the social distancing protocols during the games. Moreover, the Warriors also have an “air filtration system that has the capability to use 100% outside air or purge the building’s air supply and replace it four times in an hour if necessary.”
Thousand or two thousand fans would be tried out initially before scaling up if all goes as intended. The plan is reportedly awaiting the approval of the government after the franchise laid out the plans.
Warriors looking at losses towards $400 million in revenue
After already losing out $50 million as a result of not being part of the Orlando Bubble last season, the Western Conferences giants might lose $400 million dollars if the current trend continues.
Several of the non-playing staff will continue to suffer if the plans presented to the governor get denied. Spending $30 million now in order to ensure the cash flow is a sustainable expenditure considering the fate of several workers that hangs in the balance.