Seattle Storm Welcoming Back Fans


Desmond Kabia, Reporter

Saturday was the first time since 2019 that the Storm has allowed fans to attend the games. According to the WNBA guidelines, the Storm was allowed to host up to 2,000 fans in the stands. They welcomed back fans this past Saturday for their season opener against the Las Vegas Aces. “It has been over a year and a half since our loyal fans have had the chance to cheer on their team. We could not be more excited to welcome fans back to Angel of Winds Arena,” said Alisha Valavanis, Storm president and CEO.

The latest Washington State guidelines allow indoor venues to add vaccinated sections until total capacity is 50% of the maximum, or a maximum of 2,000 people. Indoor unvaccinated sections cannot exceed 600 people during phase 3 of the states Roadmap to Recovery Plan. The bulk of seating for games will be in vaccinated sections, whereby the Storm will issue pods of fans with six feet of socially distanced space between them. Face masks are required at all times while inside the arena and on the arena, plaza awaiting entry, except when actively eating or drinking in designated areas where this may be permitted.

Fans can now start attending games of any sport across the United States. Not at full capacity yet, but this is surely better than where were at a couple of months ago where the arena and stands were empty. It is important for sports to have its fans back and cheering on and supporting their respective teams. Because one thing for sure, sports need fans as much as fans need sports.