Nets fans heading inside Barclays Center tonight

The Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks will host their first home games with fans in nearly a year at Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden, respectively, Tuesday night, as coronavirus restrictions ease in New York.

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- Fans will be allowed back in the stands at arenas like Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center. Crews are getting ready, making sure everything is clean before the Nets first true home game in a year tonight. With more on the restrictions, we go now to Eyewitness News reporter Candace McCowan. She is live at the Barclays Center. Candace?

CANDACE MCCOWAN: Yes, Charlene. It's been nearly a year since any sports fans have been here inside the Barclays Center. You know it's been used for voting, the arena, but it's been pretty much quiet since then, and that changes this evening.

Now any arena in the state with more than 10,000 seats can allow guests at 10% capacity with major precautions. That includes a mandatory PCR test within 72 hours of the game. Well, here at the Barclays Center, the Nets are providing a free rapid test for anyone who walks through the door, and when they get inside, assigned socially distanced seating pods. And the Nets have James Harden on the team this year, and he's excited about this development.

JAMES HARDEN: I can't wait. I'm excited. And that's one of the reasons why I wanted to, you know, be, you know, in Brooklyn is because the fan base. They're unbelievable. Just to have some excitement, some extra energy in the crowd is gonna be-- is gonna be exciting for obviously the entire team.

CANDACE MCCOWAN: Yeah. And New Jersey isn't far behind New York, allowing fans inside their sports arenas starting Monday with 10% capacity indoors and 15% capacity outdoors. Now here at the Barclays Center, I can tell you that concession stands, they will not be open. But there is an app on your phone where you can order food and they will bring it to you, which I think is a better deal anyways. You don't have to miss any of the action.