The Los Angeles Lakers wanted to wait until fans returned to Staples Center to unveil the currently covered 2020 championship banner that’s hanging in the rafters. But while the team already announced that it planned to have spectators back in the building next week for their game against the Boston Celtics on April 15, they are going to wait a little longer to reveal the banner.
On Thursday, the team announced that the unveiling would take place before their final regular season home game on May 12 against the Houston Rockets:
OFFICIAL: Banner No. 17 will be unveiled on May 12. pic.twitter.com/EBXvD7lAuU— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 8, 2021
During an appearance on Spectrum SportsNet to announce the move, Lakers governor Jeanie Buss explained why the team is waiting.
“Now that we’ve finally gotten the nod that we’re allowed to have some fans, we decided that the final regular season game would be good because we’ll have as many fans as we can get, and hopefully we’ll have a completely healthy team by then with LeBron and Anthony Davis on the court. And it’s a good sendoff as we prepare to go into the playoffs,” Buss said.
“We may not be at capacity, we will follow the rules from the state of California and the L.A. County Health Department and we’re finalizing the details with Staples Center now, but our goal is to bring in as many fans as possible, as safely as possible.”
"It's a good send-off as we prepare to go into the playoffs." @JeanieBuss announces that the 2020 #Lakers Championship banner will be unveiled May 12, the final regular season game at home. pic.twitter.com/yEekMGCycR— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) April 8, 2021
As for how many fans the Lakers will have then, Buss says she doesn’t know, because the team hasn’t decided how many it will even have next week, much less a month from now.
“We don’t really have the details right now, we’re still finalizing that,” Buss said.
There are still no details on how to get tickets when the Lakers do open back up, but stay tuned to Silver Screen and Roll for updates as they happen.