Following Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announcing revised restrictions for maximum capacity at events, the city of Philadelphia has followed and confirmed that 15 percent capacity will be allowed at indoor events. So, after a long wait, Sixers fans will once again be able to attend games at Wells Fargo Center.
Wells Fargo Center has announced that approximately 3,100 fans will be allowed to attend Flyers and Sixers games from March 7, with various guidelines in place. For example, face masks are required at all times, everyone must complete a self-assessment health questionnaire onsite before scanning their tickets (which will all be digital) and entering the building, and physical distancing of at least six feet must be maintained.
“Factoring in state and local regulations, NHL and NBA guidance, and the arena’s own strict health and safety protocols, Wells Fargo Center will initially be able to host approximately 3,100 fans for Flyers and 76ers games,” the area noted in a press release. “Today’s announcement comes after months of close coordination with state and city health officials, extensive, science-backed research into similar arena re-openings, and input from leading medical experts. Even with this initially limited capacity, hundreds of part-time employees will be brought back to work for each Flyers and 76ers home game.”
Sixers president of business operations Chris Heck said the following in a statement:
“We are thrilled to finally welcome home the best fans in the world. Our team feeds off of our fans’ incredible energy, so it’s no coincidence the 76ers have been the best home team in the NBA over the last several years. Over the past 12 months, we’ve learned many new ways to stay connected with our fans, but there’s no replacing their physical presence. We are all looking forward to the return of 76ers fans to the building as we continue our quest toward an NBA title.”
Even without the energy of fans to drive them on with some cheers (and boos) so far this season, the Sixers have been terrific at home. They’ve gone 15-3 in Philly, recording a 113.4 offensive rating and 107.3 defensive rating for a +6 net rating (the 6th-best home mark in the NBA).
The Sixers have their last game before the NBA’s All-Star break on Wednesday, taking on the Utah Jazz at home. They’ll next be back at home on March 14 against the San Antonio Spurs, which will be the first game Sixers fans can make their return to Wells Fargo Center.
If you missed details of the Sixers’ schedule for the second half of the season, you can read everything you need to know here.