Cleveland Cavaliers authorized for attendance increase at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse; will probably be at 14% capability


CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland Cavaliers’ recent request for more fans at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse has been state approved, sources told

The Cavaliers were informed in a letter on Thursday afternoon that they would be granted a second derogation – and a slight increase in attendance – that allows a total of 2,720 spectators, which is 14% of the arena’s capacity. This change is effective immediately, and the Cavs have already made more seats available for this weekend’s back-to-back streak against the Milwaukee Bucks.

On January 27, the organization placed a Zoom call with key state officials, including Lt. Governor Jon Husted and members of the Ohio Department of Health hoping to increase their attendance even more than the nearly 2,000 previously approved.

During the second meeting in less than three months, the Cavs presented an expanded plan and played a collection of supportive first-person video testimonials from initially reluctant fans who had played games at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse this season who enjoyed the experience themselves Felt safe and interested in returning.

This day, The Cavs asked about their original deviation request, filed November 4 to be honored – an allowance of 4,596 people, which is 23.65% of the typical maximum of 19,432 people in the arena.

While they didn’t receive that number, the slight increase shows that their protocols are being followed by state officials, with the million dollar improvements separating the FieldHouse from other Ohio venues that are part of the governor’s order during the coronavirus pandemic.

By order of Governor Mike DeWine on August 25, the current maximum amount for indoor sports and entertainment venues, regardless of size, stature, or safety features, is 300 or 15% of firm seating capacity, whichever is lower.

To override this, a deviation request must be submitted and approved.

On December 29th, the The first request of the cavaliers For more fans, approved Stephanie McCloud, Ohio Department of Health director who works for the administration of DeWine. But it was a little lower than requested, allowing a total of 1,944 spectators – 10% of the arena’s capacity.

Over the next few weeks, the Cavs will continue to make adjustments to their 86-page presentation – The Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Activation Plan: COVID-19 Fan Reintegration Strategy and Protocol Execution – and focus on where further improvements can be made. They plan to continue a dialogue in the hopes of getting another boost.

The Cavs worked for months with the Cleveland Clinic, the City of Cleveland, State of Ohio, NBA, and several other partners to develop the plan that prioritizes health and safety, maintains proper social distancing, and what they believe is Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse defines a part. The proposal included more cleanliness, space and technological elements that most other sports and entertainment venues lacked, and CEO Len Komoroski opposed the same strict rules as other less well-equipped places.

Cleveland is one of eight NBA franchises currently allowing fans. The Atlanta Hawks opened the doors to the State Farm Arena for the first time in late January. The Milwaukee Bucks could do the same soon. The Phoenix Suns should allow fans from next week. The Houston Rockets are currently 25% busy, most in the league. Each team has strict protocols, including the mandatory wearing of masks and social distancing.

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