Charlotte Hornets to play home games without fans to start 2020-21 season

Charlotte Hornets to play home games without fans to start 2020-21 season
This is an exterior rendering of the new Spectrum Center signage (Courtesy of the Charlotte Hornets)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Charlotte Hornets will play their home games at Spectrum Center without fans to begin the 2020-21 season.

The Hornets said they consulted with state and local health officials before coming to that conclusion.

“We will continue to work with state and local health officials, as well as the NBA, to develop a plan that will allow fans to return to Spectrum Center in both a safe and timely manner,” the Hornets said in a statement. “We are optimistic that conditions will improve in the coming months and hope to be able to have fans in attendance later in the season.

The Hornets posted a 23-42 record last season and were ninth in the East before play was stopped in mid-March before the pandemic hit.

The eight other East playoff teams competed in a “bubble” situation in Orlando, Fla, back in August, to finish out the season.

“In the meantime, we will continue to implement enhanced safety procedures and will share additional information on these measures as we get closer to having fans return to Spectrum Center,” the Hornets said.

The Hornets added former NBA All-Star Gordon Hayward this offseason, and drafted LaMelo Ball with the third overall pick in the draft.

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