SAN ANTONIO – As COVID-19 continues to spread at concerning levels, the San Antonio Spurs will hold off on allowing fans at the AT&T Center, the team announced in a news release on Monday.
Spurs Sports & Entertainment CEO RC Buford said bringing fans back “remains a major organizational priority,” but that the risk is still currently too high.
“While we are confident in the plans and protocols we have in place, we are uncomfortable hosting fans at this moment as the COVID-19 numbers and data in our community continue to trend in the wrong direction.”
In Bexar County, 1,000 patients are hospitalized due to the virus, which is the most seen since late July. The seven-day average of new daily cases is above 1,100 a day as of Monday.
The current COVID-19 trends are similar to the summer surge in San Antonio when reopening phases had to be paused due to the virus’ spread across the state of Texas.
A neighboring NBA team is handling things, differently.
Despite dealing with a similar surge in Houston, the Rockets are allowing fans into the Toyota Center on a limited basis.
The Spurs news release did not reveal when the team planned to starts allowing fans back in the stadium.