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Oklahoma City Thunder Will Start Season Without Fans At Home Games

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Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will play their first home game of the new NBA season in just more than two weeks. But now they'll do it without fans.

In a statement released on Monday, the Thunder said the decision was made due to "ongoing and concerning trends in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Oklahoma."

This is a reversal from just a few weeks ago, when the team unveiled plans to allow reduced seating and new safety precautions inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The franchise says it will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation to determine when fans will be able to attend games.


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