The Latest: NBA's Hawks to increase attendance in playoffs

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young, left, and John Collins (20) battle Chicago Bulls guard Denzel Valentine (45) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, May 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (John Bazemore, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

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The Atlanta Hawks are planning to increase capacity at State Farm Arena, including a new section for fully vaccinated fans, as they prepare for their first postseason appearance in four years.

The team has been allowing about 3,000 fans per game in its 17,000-seat arena during the regular season. It plans to increase that total to 7,625 for the playoffs.

A section with about 500 seats will be available behind the existing courtside seating for those who are fully vaccinated. The Hawks are working on several options for fans to provide proof of vaccination.

Other changes are also being made. The advertising billboard behind team benches will be removed and replaced with plexiglass. That will allow the lower section behind it to be opened for the first time this season. The team is also planning to utilize suites and club seating, and expand concession options.

The Hawks will still require all fans to wear masks and maintain social distancing.


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