We have shared many details on if the NBA will finish their season in Disney World.
Now, the NBA is one step closer to making this a reality.
Today, the NBA’s Board of Governors voted on whether or not they would finish out the season at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. They single-site proposal was approved with a vote of 29/1. Tomorrow, the plan is set to be reviewed by the National Basketball Players Association, which has scheduled a virtual meeting with its membership Friday afternoon according to the New York Times.
This morning we shared the names of the 22 Eastern and Western Conference teams the NBA would be inviting to Disney World once the 2020 season resumed. The games have been proposed to take place from July 31st through October 12th.
If approved, the season will take place in Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports (with no spectators permitted) and NBA players will likely be housed on Disney World property. While we don’t have all of the official details just yet, we’ve shared information regarding discussions about some teams being accommodated at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.
We’ve also heard other Disney World hotels may be used by the NBA as well. Teams are likely to receive the first choice in picking which hotel they will stay at based on the order of their seeding.
The centralized location will diminish the need to travel between games and could help minimize risk for players and staff. Meanwhile, players and coaches will be allowed to golf and eat at outdoor restaurants in Disney World, but they will also be required to maintain social distancing according to sports columnist and NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski.
Disney has not released a statement on how this could affect guests’ experiences, but as of now, Disney Springs is the only site on Disney World’s property open to the public. We will keep you updated as we learn more.
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