The Bucks Will Start Their Next Season Without Fans in the Stands

At least for the start of the season, there won’t be fans at Fiserv Forum.

The Milwaukee Bucks announced on Monday that the team’s games at Fiserv Forum for the 2020-21 season will be held without fans until further notice, in accordance with state and local guidelines pertaining the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The health and safety of fans, players, coaches and team and arena staff are the organization’s top priorities, the Bucks said in a news release.

The Bucks will continue to work with state and local health officials, as well as the NBA, to evaluate a potential return for fans in some capacity later this season to Fiserv Forum, which opened for the start of the 2018-19 season. Although the Bucks’ schedule for the upcoming season has yet to be announced, the NBA campaign officially tips off on Dec. 22.

Milwaukee played a portion of its 2019-20 season at Fiserv Forum before the COVID-19 outbreak temporarily halted the season. After a four-month shutdown, the Bucks and other teams in playoff contention resumed their schedules in a “bubble” environment at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Considered among the favorites to win the NBA championship when the season resumed, the Bucks finished with the NBA’s best regular-season record and earned the top seed in the Eastern Conference, but ended up being eliminated by the Miami Heat in the second round.

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Rich Rovito is a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine.