Sixers statement:

The health and safety of our players, fans, staff members, partners and the Greater Philadelphia community are important to our organization. We are closely monitoring the latest developments and medical guidance regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Working with medical experts and state and local officials, as well as our venue partner, Wells Fargo Center, we have established health and safety protocols, which we will update as necessary. Consistent with the recommendation of the NBA, tonight’s game versus the Detroit Pistons will proceed as scheduled.

Following the advice of public health officials and medical experts, and consistent with the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the recommendations made yesterday by the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health regarding public gatherings with more than 5,000 people, we respectfully request that the following categories of guests not attend upcoming 76ers games until further notice:

Guests who are feeling sick, regardless of their symptoms
Guests who have traveled to, or been in close contact with someone who has traveled to, one of the high risk areas as outlined by the CDC in the past 14 days, even if asymptomatic
Guests who have been in contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days, even if asymptomatic
Guests who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, even if asymptomatic
Guests with underlying health conditions, in particular respiratory or cardiac issues

We also remind all guests who attend 76ers games to review and follow with the hygiene guidelines outlined by the CDC at

Any fans with questions or concerns can reach out to: (215) 339-7600.

We recognize that this may cause inconvenience, and we appreciate the cooperation of our fans so that we can protect the health and safety of all in attendance.

I think this is a radically wrong decision, especially on the heels of the NCAA announcing it’s playing March Madness with no fans.