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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 05: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors walks on to the floor for player introductions before their game against the Toronto Raptors at Chase Center on March 05, 2020 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

On Wednesday (Mar. 11), the Golden State Warriors announced that the team will play its next home game (vs. the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, March 12) without any fans in attendance, as CNBC reports.

The decision was made after San Francisco Mayor London Breed banned public gatherings of 1,000 or more people as coronavirus continues to affect American cities and various events internationally.

“We know that this Order is disruptive, but it is an important step to support public health,” Breed said in a statement. “We’re following the recommendations of public health officials to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”

The Warriors also announced that events at the Chase Center will be canceled or postponed through March 21. “Fans with tickets to Thursday and Saturday night’s games will receive a refund in the amount paid,” the team statement said.

“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.”

The National Basketball Association is also considering relocating games to cities currently not impacted by the coronavirus, according to a report from ESPN.

Last week, the NBA also released two memos and the second one advised teams to make contingency plans should the league make a decision to play games in arenas sans fans.

Sporting events have continued to be disrupted by the coronavirus as the outbreak continues. Earlier this week, the Ivy League canceled its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.

 

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Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.