It’s been a while since the Atlanta Hawks were relevant, but that all changed in 2021. This year, they are a shoo-in for the playoffs, thanks in large part to star guard Trae Young, and now more fans will get to take in the show.
That’s because the Hawks will increase attendance from 3,000 to 7,625 fans inside State Farm Arena for the playoffs.
“We are excited to safely welcome more fans back to State Farm Arena for our postseason run. A significant percentage of our members, staff, and fans have been vaccinated and are eager to support our team together as we appear in the postseason for the first time in four years,” Hawks Chief Executive Officer Steve Koonin said in a statement. “We would like to thank our friends at Emory Healthcare, Sharecare and the Georgia Department of Public Health who advised us on the safest ways to increase capacity.”
Per the team’s statement, the Hawks are offering a 500-person section for fans who have been vaccinated. Fans in that section don’t need to practice social distancing, should they offer proof that they’ve been vaccinated.
Lower-bowl seating will also be available for the playoffs, with plexiglass placed directly behind the benches. Other areas of the arena will also be separated with plexiglass, the Hawks announced.