By Zachary Baru
It's a problem only the year 2020 could give the Celtics and teams around the league - what to do with all of that empty floor space without fans at the games? Typically at TD Garden or any other National Basketball Association arena, the court is surrounded by about three rows of seats on each side of the court, while the ends usually have ten or more rows set as "risers" extending into the lower level. But in a pandemic, with the Celtics and most teams playing in empty arenas, that is just not the case anymore.
Or should it still be? No, not seats with fans, but just the seats themselves. Watching the game on television, the sight of a court with no seats is not always so visually appealing. And let's face it, sports have basically become "made for TV" in 2020.
If you've ever gone to a minor league basketball game in a large arena, this not-so-great visual of empty floor space is nothing new. Many G-League and other minor league teams have battled this problem for decades. Even scenes of the old American Basketball Association show that teams struggled with figuring out what to fill in floor space with.Zach Baru can be followed on Twitter @zbaru and reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.