The Thunder have informed season ticker holders via email that they will play the rest of the season without fans. The decision taken by the OKC Thunder was based on the overall health and safety of community members. Royce Young of ESPN reported these details on Twitter.
The Thunder are telling season ticket holders they won’t be allowing any fans for the rest of the season. Right now, 17 teams are either allowing reduced capacity fans, or have plans to sometime later this month.— Royce Young (@royceyoung) March 2, 2021
The Thunder have 19 home games left with their season ending on May 16.
There are currently 16 teams in the league who are allowing or are planning on allowing a limited number of fans. The full list of teams is as follows; Hawks, Celtics, Nets, Hornets, Cavaliers, Mavericks, Rockets, Pacers, Grizzlies, Heat, Bucks, Pelicans, Knicks, Magic, 76ers, Suns, Spurs, Jazz.
Earlier today, Marc Stein of The New York Times reported that the Philadelphia Sixers and San Antonio Spurs have plans for the return of fans in the second half of March.
San Antonio will be the 15th team in the NBA to starting allowing reduced crowds after the All-Star break and Philadelphia just announced it will soon follow as No. 16 -- meaning reduced crowds will be in more than half of the league's buildings for the second half of the season. https://t.co/BdYY1IEwPB— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) March 2, 2021
The Thunder are the first team in the NBA to announce that they will not allow fans for the entire season.