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SPURS WELCOME FANS BACK TO THE AT&T CENTER STARTING MARCH 12

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Arena Prepared with New and Enhanced Safety Measures Focused on People, Surfaces and Air 

Starting Friday, March 12 the AT&T Center will once again be home to the best fans in the NBA when the San Antonio Spurs host the Orlando Magic. Spurs Sports & Entertainment today announced its health and safety plans to welcome back fans for the first time since March 10, 2020. 

“We are thrilled to welcome our fans back to the AT&T Center,” said RC Buford, Spurs Sports & Entertainment CEO. “We’ve always said we have the best fans in the NBA and playing in an empty arena has reminded us all of how fortunate we are to enjoy the amazing support we receive from our fans. We can’t wait to see, hear and engage with our fans again starting March 12.”

Fans will be invited back at a reduced capacity of approximately 3,200 to help maintain physical distancing. The March 12 game will be the first of 17 home games for the Spurs in the Second Half of the 2020-21 season, presented by H-E-B. 

“For the last 10 months our team has been laser focused on implementing heightened health and safety measures, concentrating on three key areas, people, surfaces and air,” said AT&T Center VP and General Manager Casey Heverling. “The entire organization has gone above and beyond to make sure that the AT&T Center is a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone in attendance.” 

Since April 2020, SS&E has made numerous changes to policies, procedures and operations within the AT&T Center. For a full list of enhanced health and safety updates and protocols, visit Our Commitment to you. Highlights of the arena’s new safety enhancements include:

People

Our fans come first and we are also counting on them to help keep everyone in the arena safe:

  • Wear face masks from the moment you enter the AT&T Center. Masks may be removed when eating or drinking
  • Complete the mobile health screening before you arrive. The health pass is required for entry. It takes a few minutes to complete so be sure to download the CLEAR app before you go
  • Temperatures will be checked at the door. Remember to stay home if you’re not feeling well
  • Bags up to 6” x 8” with a maximum of one compartment are allowed. If your bag is too large, we now have Binbox as an option for you to store your bag onsite for a small fee
  • Maintain physical distancing while navigating the venue, including elevators. We’ve added signage and directions throughout to help with this
  • Fans will have a cashless and touchless experience at the arena, from paying for parking, to scanning your ticket at touchless ticket-scanning pedestals, to ordering food and beverages,  paying for it with Spurs Pay and picking up your order at one of our 22 express lines throughout the arena. It’s all a tap away in the Spurs app. Be sure to download the app and your mobile tickets prior to arrival
  • To help make the digital experience as seamless as possible, we’ve upgraded the arena with AT&T’s latest 5G and Wi-Fi 6 technology. The AT&T Center is the first arena in the U.S. to have AT&T Wi-Fi 6 and 5G services.
  • We will continue to regularly seek input from local, state and national public health experts and the NBA for guidance on keeping our fans and staff safe

Surfaces

We are putting meticulous cleaning measures in place to deliver enhanced surface cleaning for each game:

  • Electrostatic sprayers will sanitize the arena from floor to ceiling with a hospital-grade disinfectant
  • Thanks to a partnership with Xenex, UV robots will be used for surface cleaning
  • Designated crews will clean all surfaces including seats, cupholders, handrails, elevators, concession stands, restrooms and other high-touch areas before each game
  • A dedicated “Clean Team” at each game will focus solely on disinfecting high-touch points, with every restroom featuring a “Clean Team” attendant
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers will be available throughout the arena

Air

Thanks to a new innovative partnership, the air inside the arena now has increased purification and filtration:

  • We are using the highest rated filtration systems possible and increasing the fresh air circulation throughout the arena 
  • Through GermLogic, new units provide advanced and comprehensive disinfection services and products to help prevent the spread of numerous types of viruses, bacteria, mold and fungi that can develop in the air. Air purification units have been installed in offices, locker rooms, VIP areas and meeting rooms

Season Ticket Members and partners will have priority access to available ticket packages for the second half of the season beginning March 2. Fans can receive exclusive presale access beginning March 5 at 12 p.m. CST by joining the Official Spurs Fan Club. Single-game tickets and suites go on sale to the general public March 5 at 2 p.m. CST. Seating pods of two or four seats will be available throughout the arena to maintain six feet of physical distancing between each group of fans.

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Robert Smith could be 1st Black NFL Owner

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Robert Smith is a businessman and philanthropist who has had a very successful career in the financial industry. He has been interested in owning an NFL team for some time, but had not found the right opportunity.

The Denver Broncos are one of the most storied franchises in the NFL. They have won 6 Super Bowls and are currently valued at $2.6 billion, making them one of the most valuable franchise in football.

It should come as no surprise that a billionaire from Colorado has emerged as one of the possible bidders for the Broncos. An NFL success story, his efforts will make him the first black team owner in NFL history.

Smith would need to spend $1.2 billion, as the NFL requires primary owners to put up 30% in cash.

According to a Denver Gazette report, six groups are looking to buy the Broncos. One has former quarterback Peyton Manning and former president & general manager of the Broncos John Elway. Others include a group led by Ms. Brittany Bowlen – daughter of late owner Pat Bowlen.

The sale of the Broncos could go for more than $4 billion, making it the richest team sale in the history of American sports. If the team sells for $4 billion, Smith would need to spend $1.2 billion, as the NFL requires primary owners to put up 30% in cash.

Denver native Smith has pledged to pay off student debt acquired by 400-plus of the University’s graduates. He is currently the chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners which he founded in 2000.

Smith has an estimated net worth of $6.7 billion and is ranked as the richest Black person in America, according to Forbes. The Broncos have a current value of $3.75 billion, with room to grow to more than $4 billion if sold now.

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NBA Foundation Awards Westcare $200,000 Grant

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The NBA Foundation announced local organization WestCare Foundation as one of its newest grant recipients. On behalf of the Spurs, the NBA Foundation is awarding WestCare $200,000 to support the organization’s work in mentoring and preparing youth across San Antonio and Bexar County to reach their full potential. This is the first NBA Foundation grant awarded to a local San Antonio nonprofit.

Created in August 2020 to reduce the persistent racial wealth gap, the NBA Foundation has awarded $22 million to 78 national and local organizations. This is the fourth round of grants and is the most-awarded grant round to-date, totaling more than $11 million to 38 nonprofit organizations, including WestCare, that were chosen for their commitment to driving economic empowerment for Black youth.

“We applaud WestCare Foundation for their incredible work in helping to empower our next generation through programs that create meaningful and sustained change,” said Kara Allen, Chief Impact Officer for Spurs Sports and Entertainment (SS&E). “At SS&E, we believe in building leaders and legacies within our community and this partnership is an extension of that promise. We are excited to see the impact WestCare will have on local youth and their promising futures.”

WestCare empowers people in San Antonio and Bexar County to engage in a process of healing, growth, and change to benefit themselves, their families, coworkers and communities. The grant will specifically be used to strengthen WestCare’s “Project YES” program, which will provide youth ages 14 – 24 with mentorship opportunities, interpersonal skill-building and financial literacy opportunities. Project YES is a new program that focuses on serving hard to reach and underserved youth, who often lack access to health services. This program supports them in successfully transitioning from school to purposeful employment with the goal of helping them to achieve a healthy, safe and sustainable lifestyle.

“We are saying ‘YES’ to youth to expose them to life-changing opportunities and help them become the best at whatever they do,” said Beverly Watts Davis, Senior Vice President for Texas, WestCare Foundation. “These funds will also support collaborative community efforts that leverage multiple resources to provide comprehensive skills building and youth development services that address multiple risk factors and social determinants our youth face daily.”

The NBA Foundation’s mission is to provide skills training, mentorship, coaching and pipeline development for high school, college-aged, job-ready and mid-career individuals in Black communities across the United States and Canada. The NBA Foundation aligns with NBA teams and team-affiliated foundations to invest in partnerships that promote meaningful economic empowerment for Black youth in local markets. To learn more about the NBA Foundation or apply for a grant, please visit NBAFoundation.com or follow @NBAFoundation.

The full list of the 38 grantees and their efforts can be viewed here.

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Ime Udoka Lands Head Coach Position

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According to ESPN, the Associated Press, and other sources, retired NBA player and former assistant coach of the San Antonio Spurs, Ime Udoka is set to become the Boston Celtics new head coach and the first Nigerian-American head coach in the the NBA. During his time in the NBA Udoka played seven seasons with five different teams before retiring in 2012. Shortly after retirement he joined Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs where he served as an assistant coach for seven seasons, including the 2013-14 season when they won the NBA title. In 2019, Udoka was the assist coach for the Philadelphia 76ers and last season with the Brooklyn Nets. This upcoming season will be Udoka’s first shot as head coach in the NBA.

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