The California State Assembly has announced that they will hold their sessions at the Golden 1 Center, which plays host to the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, according to the Associated Press.
Scheduled to begin their next session on Dec. 7, the size of the stadium will allow the Assembly to ensure that its members are socially distanced, in light of the recent surge in Coronavirus cases across the country. While the league is expected to resume team-wide activities in early December, in anticipation of the season’s official start on the 22nd, the State Assembly will likely be forced to schedule its deliberations around the Kings’ home games.
As Speaker of the House Anthony Rendon said to the AP, however, the move to the center, while inconvenient, was necessary.
“Moving this event away from the Assembly Chambers and not allowing guests to attend were difficult decisions to make” Rendon said. “Given the circumstances of rapidly growing COVID-19 rates across the state, we need to do everything we can to keep members, their families, staff, and the public safe.”
The move to the Golden 1 Center was also the second announcement of the day by California officials, that involved a sports franchise in efforts to contain the spread of the pandemic. With Santa Clara leaders moving to suspend all sports-related activities for the next three weeks, the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers will potentially find themselves displaced from their home stadium inside the county.
With the rise of cases continuing unabated, the announcement may only be the first of many that will affect the sports world.