If you watch Washington Wizards home games on television this season, you’ll notice that though there are no fans at the game, you will hear fake crowd noise, but also a number of familiar voices.
You will hear PA announcer Mark Fratto after every “DC 3” Bradley Beal or Davis Bertans makes. You will hear Britt Waters and Dennis T do normal in-arena host segments even if the seats are full of cardboard fan cutouts.
And you’ll hear DJ Heat, the Wizards’ DJ pumping up the jams while Rui Hachimura and Moritz Wagner warm up during shootaround.
So, is this a sign that fans will be back in the stands this spring?
The Wizards announced in an email to season ticket holders Monday that they remain “hopeful” that they can hold some fans in the second half of the NBA season this March, though they cannot guarantee it. And they also announced their plans for season tickets in the 2021-22 season.
In their email, the Wizards announced that they will not raise prices next season and all ticket holders will keep their seniority and seat location. Any ticket payments that were made in the 2020-21 NBA season will be applied for next season along with a 3 percent credit. Payments for this season can be used to tickets in the second half and the playoffs if fans are allowed in the arena by the spring.
Payments for this season are paused, unless you specifically want them to keep charging you. I am a season ticket holder and have asked them to keep charging me monthly since I’m almost done paying for the tickets anyway. Generally, ticket invoices come around February of each year. That said, do what is best for your financial situation.
If fans are allowed back into the arena this season, the Wizards will let fans know at that time. Still, given the spread of the coronavirus (as well as some new more-contagious variants) in the United States, I strongly discourage anyone from attending a Wizards game at Capital One Arena this season. It’s more important that we get vaccinated, keep wearing masks and stay socially distanced.
The email is below:
Dear [Wizards fan],
We hope that you and those close to you remain safe and healthy, and we thank you for your continued support of the Wizards from a distance during this unique 2020-21 season. We remain steadfast in our commitment to do all that we can to have our DC 12 Club members return to Capital One Arena as soon as safely possible.
At this time, we would like to share some important details regarding your DC 12 Club membership for the 2021-22 Wizards season. As communicated previously, you can rest assured that your season ticket seat location will remain reserved to your account for the 2021-22 season, and your membership tenure will remain intact. All membership payments will continue to remain paused until further notice, and all credits on your account will automatically roll over to the 2021-22 season toward the balance of your renewal. A bonus credit equal to 3% of total cash payments paid to date toward your 2020-21 membership will also be applied to your account for the 2021-22 season.
Furthermore, as a thank you for your commitment to the Wizards, we are pleased to share that all pricing for next season will remain the same as the current 2020-21 membership pricing.
We remain hopeful to invite fans back to Capital One Arena at some point during the 2020-21 season. While we are unable to commit to any specific details at this time, DC 12 Club members will have priority access to purchase any available ticket products for the 2020-21 season and/or the 2021 NBA Playoffs. Options to utilize account credit toward the purchase of 2020-21 Wizards tickets will also be communicated at that time.
We will be in touch soon with more details regarding distribution of the 2020-21 DC 12 Club member gift, as well as membership benefits, payment options, and more details about credit rollover for the 2021-22 season. In the meantime, please stay tuned for details on more virtual events exclusive to our DC 12 Club members!
Should you have any questions, please visit our DC 12 Club FAQ page, or contact the Wizards Membership Services team. Please note, if a credit is not the best option for you, you may also request a refund by contacting Wizards Membership Services.
As always, thank you for your continued support, and Go Wizards!