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The Warriors are about to be the first NBA team to play in an empty arena amid the coronavirus pandemic

INSIDER logoINSIDER 3/11/2020 Scott Davis
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The Golden State Warriors will be the first NBA team to play a game in an empty arena as the US tries to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to The New York Times' Marc Stein.

On Wednesday, San Francisco mayor London Breed banned gatherings of 1,000 people or more.

According to Stein, the Warriors' Thursday game against the Brooklyn Nets at the new Chase Center will not be played in front of fans. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said the Warriors will play "foreseeable home games" without fans in attendance.

The report comes as the NBA and other sports leagues face mounting pressure to ban fans from arenas to prevent the spread of the virus.

Despite recommendations to the contrary from local health officials, the Warriors chose to allow fans into the arena on Tuesday. The team posted waivers at the entrances, warning fans that they could contract the coronavirus and that the Warriors and the league would not be held responsible.

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