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  • Twenty of the NBA’s teams will convert their facilities into voting centers for the upcoming 2020 elections.

  • The effort was boosted after NBA players walked out in demand of justice for the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

  • Some arenas are will serve as early voting sites and others will open for Election Day. 

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Twenty NBA teams have announced plans to transform their facilities to serve voters in the upcoming 2020 general election.

Several of the league’s franchises will convert their arenas and sports facilities into voter registration drives, early voting locations, and polling places for Nov. 3. The large indoor spaces are expected to provide enough room to accommodate social distancing measures for in-person voting, an alternative to mail-in ballots amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Few teams had proposed initiatives to promote civic engagement after the nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis in May. 

But following the police shooting of Jacob Blake last month in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the NBA started making committed efforts to fight racial inequities, after players staged a walkoff and stopped play for two days in protest.

The playoff games resumed after the league reached a deal with its employees comprised of a series of new social justice goals, including converting arenas into polling sites. 

Here is a list of all the centers that will serve in the 2020 election.

Atlanta Hawks

State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. <p class="copyright">Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images</p>
State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin announced the conversion of the team’s home court into an early voting center in June, following the George Floyd protests.

“If nothing came out of this protest to create change, then we all failed,” Koonin said.

The 700,000-square foot State Farm Arena opened for early voting on July 20 for Georgia’s August 11 primary and will continue to be used for the upcoming 2020 elections. 

The venue has become the largest voting precinct in all of Georgia and serves voters in the state’s most-populous county, Fulton County.

 

Brooklyn Nets

Protests over the death of George Floyd in Brooklyn, New York City on June 6, 2020, in front of the Barclays Center. <p class="copyright">Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images</p>
Protests over the death of George Floyd in Brooklyn, New York City on June 6, 2020, in front of the Barclays Center.

Barclays Center will open as a polling site for early voting from Oct. 24 to Nov. 1 and for the general election on Nov. 3.

The arena will become the largest voting center in Brooklyn.

“The NBA players, we need to acknowledge what they are doing,” Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said at the announcement last week. “They’re using this opportunity to stay part of any agreement of moving forward in sports is to ensure that we allow access to voting. The power of the vote cannot be overemphasized.”

Charlotte Hornets

Denver Nuggets and Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center on March 5, 2020, in Charlotte, North Carolina. <p class="copyright">Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images</p>
Denver Nuggets and Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center on March 5, 2020, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, will host early voting from Oct. 15 to Oct. 31.

“Hornets Sports & Entertainment is committed to doing our part in assisting our community with the electoral process,” Hornets President and Vice Chairman Fred Whitfield said. 

 

Cleveland Cavaliers

Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio. <p class="copyright">Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images</p>
Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio.

Voters in Cleveland will be able to head to the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, home to the Cavaliers, to cast their ballots on Nov. 3.

The indoor stadium will also host National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 22 for people in Cuyahoga County.

 

 

Dallas Mavericks

American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. <p class="copyright">Ronald Martinez/Getty Images</p>
American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

The American Airlines Center will become Dallas County’s largest polling site on Nov. 3.

The Mavericks unveiled the effort on the first day of its “7 Days of Action” initiative to combat “racial injustices occurring around the country” following the boycott.

 

 

Detroit Pistons

Henry Ford Pistons Performance Center in Detroit, Michigan. <p class="copyright">Gregory Shamus/Getty Images</p>
Henry Ford Pistons Performance Center in Detroit, Michigan.

The Henry Ford Performance Center, a practice facility for the Detroit Pistons, will be converted into a polling site for the 2020 general election.

“The Detroit Pistons are tremendous civic leaders and I am proud to partner with them to ensure more citizens are educated voters and active participants in our democracy,” Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said.

 

Houston Rockets

Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. <p class="copyright">Scott Halleran/Getty Images</p>
Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

The Toyota Center will host voters in the Houston area from Oct. 13-30 and on Election Day on Nov. 3.

“On behalf of the Houston Rockets, and Toyota Center, we are honored to help serve our community by providing a safe and convenient location for Harris County voters for the upcoming Presidential election,” Doug Hall, general manager and Senior Vice President of Toyota Center, said.

Golden State Warriors

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry. <p class="copyright">Jane Tyska/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images</p>
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry.

The Golden State Warriors announced that its practice center, Oakland Facility, and the home court for the Santa Cruz Warriors, Kaiser Permanente Arena, will both serve as polling sites on Election Day.

The team also designated Thrive City in San Francisco as a ballot drop-off location.

“With our facilities in Oakland, San Francisco and Santa Cruz all being utilized to support the 2020 Election process, this ranks as our most critical three-pointer of the year,” Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts said.

 

Indiana Pacers

Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. <p class="copyright">Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images</p>
Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Home to the Indiana Pacers, the Bankers Life Fieldhouse indoor arena will serve voters as a polling station on Nov. 3.

“This election day, we are proud to partner with the Marion County Election Board to allow Marion County voters to cast their ballot at Bankers Life Fieldhouse,” the facility said

Los Angeles Clippers

The Forum in Inglewood, California. <p class="copyright">RBL/Bauer-Griffin via Getty Images</p>
The Forum in Inglewood, California.

The Forum, an indoor stadium in Inglewood and soon to be home of the Los Angeles Clippers, will become a voting center for the upcoming general election.

“We are thrilled to partner with the LA Clippers and the Forum. This is a slam dunk for civic engagement and voter enfranchisement,” Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder County Clerk Dean Logan said.

Los Angeles Lakers

Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, California. <p class="copyright">Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images</p>
Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, California.

The Staples Center, home to the Los Angeles Lakers, will be open to voting and drop off mail-in ballots on Nov. 3.

 

 

 

Milwaukee Bucks

Fiserv Forum, home of the Milwaukee Bucks, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. <p class="copyright">Stacy Revere/Getty Images</p>
Fiserv Forum, home of the Milwaukee Bucks, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Milwaukee Bucks’ indoor arena Fiserv Forum will serve as an early voting site from Oct. 20 through Nov. 1.

“The pandemic has added another barrier to voting for vulnerable communities, so this will help us make sure that everyone in Milwaukee has a safe and convenient way to exercise their right to vote,” Milwaukee Bucks Senior Vice President Alex Lasry said.

New York Knicks

Madison Square Garden in New York City. <p class="copyright">Noam Galai/Getty Images</p>
Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Once converted, Madison Square Garden will serve more than 60,000 voters — the largest polling site in New York City. The massive arena, home to the New York Knicks, will be open for early voting and on Election Day.

 

Oklahoma City Thunder

Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. <p class="copyright">Shane Bevel/Getty Images)</p>
Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Oklahoma City Thunder announced that its Chesapeake Energy Arena will hold voter registration drives every Saturday from Sept. 12 to Oct. 4, leading up to the Oct. 9 registration deadline.

 

Orlando Magic

Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, home of the NBA's Orlando Magic. <p class="copyright">Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images</p>
Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, home of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Orlando Magic will open its home court to people residing in Orange County as an early voting location from Oct. 19 to Nov. 1.

The Amway Center will also host National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 22.

Phoenix Suns

Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, home of the NBA Phoenix Suns. <p class="copyright">Christian Petersen/Getty Images</p>
Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, home of the NBA Phoenix Suns.

The Veterans Memorial Coliseum, an indoor arena in Phoenix, will convert into a voting station and early ballot drop-off center for the upcoming 2020 elections.

 

 

 

Sacramento Kings

Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. <p class="copyright">Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/Tribune News Service via Getty Images</p>
Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.

The Sacramento Kings will allow the public to register to vote and cast their ballots from Oct. 24 to Nov. 3 at its Golden 1 Center.

The arena was the first sports professional venue in the state to announce plans to convert into a voting center, according to the NBA.

 

 

San Antonio Spurs

AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. <p class="copyright">Ronald Cortes/Getty Images</p>
AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

The AT&T Center, which will be used as a location for early voting through Election Day, will transform into a “mega-voting” center for San Antonio residents.

 

 

Utah Jazz

The Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. <p class="copyright">Rick Bowmer/AP Photo</p>
The Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Vivint Arena, home of the Utah Jazz, will serve as a polling site on Nov. 3.

 

 

 

Washington Wizards

Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. <p class="copyright">Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images</p>
Capital One Arena in Washington, DC.

The Capitol One Arena will be available for any DC voter to cast their ballot in the upcoming 2020 general election.

Monumental Sports and Entertainment, which owns Washington Wizards, announced plans for the effort last month.

 

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