Orlando Magic to announce plan next week for protocols, fans in attendance

ORLANDO, Fla. — On Friday evening, the NBA pre-season tips off in Atlanta for the Orlando Magic.

The team will play games that count beginning on Dec. 23, and there will be some fans in attendance.

The Magic has not yet announced details of their plans, but in an interview with Channel 9 anchor Greg Warmoth, team CEO Alex Martins said the team, the league and the Amway Center have worked tirelessly to keep everyone safe when they allow fans back in the stands.

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“More importantly, because we won’t be in a bubble, is that we create an environment for our fans, our coaches, our staff, that is safe, comfortable and that doesn’t expose anyone to the virus at all,” Martins said.

The team is expected to announce all of the protocols in place next week, including how many it will allow back into the building, something only a handful of other teams will do.

Martins said the protocols may change as the season progresses, vaccines are distributed and testing convenience improves.

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Watch the full interview above.

Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.