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Vivint Arena increasing number of fans allowed at Utah Jazz games to nearly 4,000

Fans social distance as they watch the New York Knicks and Utah Jazz NBA basketball game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021.
Fans social distance as they watch the New York Knicks and Utah Jazz NBA basketball game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. The Utah Jazz announced on Monday that beginning with Tuesday’s home game vs. the Detroit Pistons, the number of fans allowed inside Vivint Arena will increase to 3,902.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News

The Utah Jazz announced on Monday that beginning with Tuesday’s home game vs. the Detroit Pistons, the number of fans allowed inside Vivint Arena will increase to 3,902.

Previously the Jazz had been allowing 1,500 fans in the lower bowl in socially distanced seating pods, in addition to fans at the suite level. The Jazz are now opening the upper bowl to roughly the same number of fans.

The Jazz were one of just three NBA teams that started the 2020-21 regular season with a limited number of fans allowed at games and are currently one of nine NBA teams that have limited fan attendance.

Most teams have played all of their games without fans in attendance, adhering to state and local guidelines that do not allow large gatherings indoors.

Recently the Toronto Raptors, who are playing in Tampa, Florida, this season and had been allowing a limited number of fans to attend games, had to close their doors when coronavirus cases once again began to surge.

The Jazz’s “return to arena” webpage says season ticket holders will be given priority to purchase tickets for Jazz games and that “a limited number of tickets not purchased by season-ticket holders may also be available to the general public.”