By Brennan Dumesnil-Vickers
Graphic By Rin Boegel
For a little over half a year now, fans have been allowed to return to professional sporting events. When sports returned after the world was put on pause in March 2020, they did so without fans in attendance, something that was unheard of in the sporting world and was hard for players and fans to get used to. But in the past few months, fans have finally been able to return to games. For example, the Golden State Warriors started letting fans into their home arena, Chase Center, for the first time in over a year, on April 23 against the Denver Nuggets. Chase Center is allowing up to 35% capacity with requirement of proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 48 hours prior to the game, per an article on nba.com.
I attended the Warriors game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on May 8. It was my first Warriors game ever and first pro sports game since the pandemic first hit. They actually send the test to your house and you can take it at home, which I thought was really cool. The area outside the arena and the corridors inside were a bit crowded before the game and at halftime, but it wasn’t too worrisome because everyone was wearing a mask at all times like they were supposed to. Eating and drinking were only allowed in designated areas and not at your seat and ordering was completely contactless and could be done through an app, which I liked a lot, because of both convenience and safety, and I hope that’s something that’s kept even after the pandemic. Overall, I think the Warriors and Chase Center did a great job with safety, and the Warriors won 136-97 behind a crowd that was so loud that it sounded like a sellout, so it was a great experience and I’m looking forward to going to another game.
Las Lomas junior Nina Statler attended the Warriors game on May 6, also against the Thunder, and was willing to share her thoughts.“I haven’t been to a game in a while but it didn’t feel super different with limited capacity,” Statler said in an interview. “I felt super comfortable there as I have both my vaccine shots. I was really glad that they were serving food even though they charge $7 for one soda. If I have the opportunity I will definitely go to another game!”