Lakers to reopen Staples Center for Celtics game as California lifts venue ban

Lakers to reopen Staples Center for Celtics game as California lifts venue ban


It’s game on for California venues.

Event spots can reopen later this month, California officials said Friday — marking the return of live sports, music and theatre for the first time in more than a year.

The Los Angeles Lakers will welcome fans back to the Staples Center on April 15 — the day the restrictions are lifted — for the team’s game against the Boston Celtics.

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“Obviously we don’t know exactly how many fans will be there yet, but just having some in there will bring us great energy,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “It’s one of everybody’s favorite things to do is go to Lakers games, and they haven’t been able to do that during this pandemic.”

Venues that hold 1,500 or less can operate at 10 percent capacity and 25 percent capacity if all attendees show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, state officials said. Venues that seat more than 1,500 can

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