Amidst the ongoing pandemic, the NBA continues to hold games this basketball season. However, they’ve taken extra measures to maintain everyone’s safety, including the teams and their fans.
In the summer of 2020, the professional basketball league started their experiment on continuing the basketball season with no audiences on the stand. Additionally, all of the teams will be playing within a quarantine ‘bubble’.
With basketball enthusiasts worldwide, a lot of people are always looking forward to each game. The NBA wanted to keep the spirit of basketball alive and help minimize the cases of the virus at the same time. But the audience is what makes each game special. The ambiance and the cheers they provide makes the games even more exciting. That’s why the NBA decided to put virtual versions of the fans on the stand.
However, in the game of the San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz, the crowd wasn’t only made up of human fans. They were accompanied by their canine pets.
The NBA twitter account uploaded a short clip of the hilarious event for those who didn’t get to witness it. The video was suitably captioned, “DOGS take over the crowd in Orlando!” as thirty-two canines were present in the virtual seats. What’s even funnier was Baha Men’s “Who Let The Dogs Out” soundtrack accompanied the video.
As the announcer in the video commented, never have they seen something quite like this until today. But having dogs as the new crowd during a basketball game is a very much welcome sight. This was made possible thanks to Michelob Ultra’s fan takeover. They’re hosting sweepstakes every Tuesday, where humans and their pets can win a virtual seat to the match.
Dogs are not the only pets fans can bring with them. This is open for all animal-loving basketball fans.
— NBA (@NBA) August 13, 2020
Source: NBA via Twitter