A person on a bike rides past a large banner hanging outside American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Stars, in Dallas, Thursday, April 16, 2020. The banner, which has a Mavericks logo on it, thanks first responders and healthcare workers during the COVID-19 crisis. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) | AP
Dallas may take cues from Disneyland
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said his team has begun discussing plans for how to keep people safe at the American Airlines Center when the NBA team returns to play.
Cuban told ESPN 103.3 KESN-FM in Dallas that the team plans to bring back fans in a limited capacity at first before there’s a vaccine or treatment for the coronavirus.
Per the Dallas Morning News, Cuban said staggered fan arrival may be the new form. Fans would have to sign up for an arrival time at different parking lots. Those fans would be offered a specific path to the gate.
Once they’re inside the stadium, a guide would bring fans to their seats.
“We may do that almost like Disneyland, do it like there’s a procession and you have people guiding you to your seat,” Cuban said. “Or the example I use is more like a haunted house where you wait in line and you go through the haunted house, but you’re not allowed to touch anything, and everybody just is guided to their seats at the right time.
“It may take a little bit longer for everybody to get into their seats to start the game, but we’ll accommodate that and go from there.”
But Cuban will need to wait for the NBA season to resume — or possibly even next season. For now, all eyes are focused on the NBA and its plan to bring back the league amid the pandemic.
The NBA’s board of governors met Tuesday. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, NBA commissioner Adam Silver may make a final decision in two to four weeks about the league’s return, Ryan McDonald reported,
Meanwhile, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported it’s unclear if the NBA would return and what format it would take. Right now, there’s speculation the league would jump right into the playoffs or have a smaller postseason.