Starting with Monday night’s home game against Minnesota, the Mavericks finally will have fans in American Airlines Center, but not just any fans: 1,500 essential workers, who will be admitted for free.
“We owe so much to people who have put their lives at risk to make us safer,” Mavs owner Mark Cuban said in a news release. “Bringing them to a Mavs game is the least we can do!”
Quietly in recent days, the Mavericks have sent invitations through local hospitals, the city of Dallas (police, fire, emergency workers) and partner grocery stores and will randomly pick which vaccinated workers will attend four games, free, starting Monday.
Beyond Monday’s limitation of 1,500 fans, the fan number limit for the ensuing three games has not been determined. Those games are Wednesday against Atlanta, Friday against New Orleans and Sunday — Valentine’s Day — against Portland.