Blazers eager to have limited fans back at Moda Center vs. Lakers

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Blazers eager to have limited fans back at Moda Center vs. Lakers originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

The Blazers made a big announcement Wednesday morning that has Rip City buzzing.

The team announced that they will be welcoming back a limited number of fans back to Moda Center beginning Friday, May 7 when the Blazers host the Los Angeles Lakers.

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With 10 percent of capacity for Friday’s game that’s about 1,900 fans that will be allowed in the arena.

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The Trail Blazers are eager to see fans back in the stands as Blazers head coach Terry Stotts pointed out ahead of Portland’s final game on its six-game road trip Wednesday in Cleveland.  

I think everybody’s excited about it. I think we’re one of the last, if not the last team to have fans and they make a difference.

Blazers head coach Terry Stotts  

Seats will be available in pods for one to six people per household, with the pods distanced more than six feet apart. Ticketholders will be assigned times to enter the arena, based on seat location, to avoid overcrowding at entrances.

The Blazers have seen how fans have impacted games this season while visiting opponents’ arenas who have had limited fans in attendance.

We’ve been out on the road, we’ve seen fans out on the road for a while now and it’s going to be nice to come back Friday night against the Lakers and see people in the stands.

Blazers head coach Terry Stotts

Portland holds a 36-29 overall record, but they are one of the handful of teams that have a better road record than home record with a 20-13 record away from Moda Center.

Just another reason why the Blazers can’t wait to see real people and not just cardboard cutouts in the seats in Portland.

“Considering the fact that Moda Center has always been such a great homecourt advantage, I know that the fans that do come on Friday are going to make a difference,” Stotts added.

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As the country and the NBA world look to get back to the way things were before the pandemic, Coach Stotts is happy to see Moda Center moving forward.

“I think it’s a great start,” Stotts said of getting back to some normalcy. “We will get back there at some point, but I think it’s a great start for, certainly for Oregon, but we as a country are going to get back to some normalcy and this is the first step for us.” 

Portland and Cleveland tip-off at 4:30 p.m. PT Wednesday on NBCSNW, with the Blazers and Lakers tipping off at 7:00 p.m. PT Friday. 

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