NBA Officials Release More Information on How Players Will Be Kept Safe in Walt Disney World!

It’s time to get’cha head in the game since the NBA will be starting their season up again in Disney World on July 31st.

ESPN Wide World of Sports ©Disney

As the 22 teams are set to play at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports, there are multiple health and safety procedures to consider during the games and the NBA teams’ stay at the resorts.

Although there have been concerns about Florida’s growing number of cases recently, the NBA will still be playing its season in Walt Disney World according to ESPN.

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During a virtual meeting with the players and officials, NBA commissioner Adam Silver stated that he felt confident in the”NBA’s bubble concept” at this time. Since many members of the NBA will be staying on property (along with their families and guests), players pointed out that housekeepers and custodians at the resorts were not subject to COVID-19 testing as one prominent worry.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver ©Dennis Wierzbicki/ USA Today Sports

However, NBPA executive director Michele Roberts stated “that access to the [ESPN Wide World of Sports] campus is severely limited,” as well as the resorts. If there need to be more restrictions put in place for the health and safety of the NBA officials and players, they will be implemented as needed.

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NBA spokesman Mike Bass has also said that the league is “closely monitoring the data in Florida and Orange County and will continue to work collaboratively with the National Basketball Players Association, public health officials and medical experts regarding our plans.”

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During this time, the NBA has released a health and safety guide to everyone involved concerning the measures that would be taken during the season. Some of these include specific staff that wouldn’t frequently rotate at NBA hotels, housekeeping without the players and staff present that takes place once a week, non-Disney team bus drivers who will be tested regularly, and the use of PPE and distancing by Cast Members as well.

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Since more guidelines may change, we will continue updating you on more NBA news here!

Here’s the full timeline of the NBA’s season in Disney World!

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Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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One Reply to “NBA Officials Release More Information on How Players Will Be Kept Safe in Walt Disney World!”

  1. I wish the NBA was not coming to WDW.

    Not an NBA fan and don’t understand why they need to finish their season at all, but especially in WDW.

    I suspect that their residency in the Yacht club is driving the closure of Stormalong Bay and I will be very upset if I see NBA players/family in this area vs. regular Disney guests who are paying full points without getting full ammenities. Send the NBA players to the scary clown pool.