The Indiana Pacers will start selling tickets for home games after beginning the 2020-21 NBA season without fans at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the team announced Friday.
Ticket sales will begin Jan. 19 for games to be played between Jan. 24 a nd March 4 with an advance sale of 1,000 tickets through Jan. 25. After an initial evaluation, the cap of 1,000 advance tickets being sold will be reviewed and the number could increase.
The Marion County Health Department will allow 25% capacity overall for attendance, or about 4,500 people per game.
The Pacers are scheduled to play the Toronto Raptors at home at 3:30 p.m.Jan. 24, the first game that should have fans present.
Fans who would like to obtain tickets have three choices. They can go to Pacers.com or BankersLifeFieldhouse.com or purchase seats in person between noon and 5 p.m. at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse box office.
Safety procedures to protect against the spread of the coronavirus will be in effect. In addition to staggered seating in small groups away from others, 6-foot social distancing will be observed in concessions lines, face masks must be worn and a health screening must be completed online before arrival.
Fans must use the Ascension St. Vincent Screen and Go process and bring confirmation before being admitted to the arena. In-house purchases will all be by credit card.
“Our team is incredibly excited to have fans back in the seats,” said Kevin Pritchard, the Pacers’ president of basketball operations. “We have some of the most passionate fans in the league, and we look forward to having them back in the fieldhouse.”
The Pacers, the NBA and the county health department spent extensive time creating a plan that would allow for fans to be present and stay protected from the COVID-19 pandemic, the team said.
Entering weekend play, the Pacers have a 6-2 record this season.