The world was turned upside down more than a year ago but is quickly getting back closer to normal. Events of all kinds were affected severely, meaning cancellations in many cases. That included the sports world, although seasons resumed last year, and this year they have been mostly normal, but with fewer fans. However, venues generally have not been at full capacity for more than a year.
Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns are in the playoffs for the first time in 11 years, exciting their fans after a long drought. Some young people barely remember when the Suns were competitive. And the excitement has been heightened since a first-game victory over the archrival Los Angeles Lakers. Eleven thousand fans were on hand, mostly cheering for the hometown Suns.
On Tuesday, the Suns suffered from diminished ability from star Chris Paul after an injury in the first game. His future status will be crucial.
Now the Suns are planning for Game 5 at home next week. Those plans include a crowd of 16,000 at Phoenix Suns Arena, which is within a thousand of capacity. That means that fears of COVID-19 are greatly reduced.
Restrictions on events and mask mandates are falling quickly around the nation. It is apparent that multiple vaccines, which came online in record time, have made the difference. Many people are not vaccinated, but most adults have had an opportunity to be. And that means a serious reduction in cases, especially among the elderly and most vulnerable.
The Suns benefit from an enthusiastic home crowd, and with the price of many tickets in the $400 range, we can assume the money is a reason not to be overcautious. However, the larger crowd size, because of its indication of COVID on the decline, is something to celebrate. Along with the resurgence of the Suns.
— Donovan Kramer Jr.