As expected, Bulls won't host fans at United Center early in season

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(670 The Score) The Bulls won’t host fans at the United Center when they open their new season later in December, the team announced Thursday.

The decision was expected as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage. The Cubs and White Sox didn’t host fans over the summer, and the Bears haven’t hosted any fans at Soldier Field this fall as local public health officials haven’t allowed it.

“The health and safety of our fans, players and staff remains our top priority, and after careful consideration in collaboration with the NBA and city and state officials, we will not be hosting fans in the United Center for the beginning of the 2020-2021 NBA season,” the Bulls said in a statement. “We will continue working with the league and city and state officials to evaluate conditions to determine if there is a timeline that would allow for fans later in the season.”

A few NBA teams are planning to host fans in a limited capacity, including the Memphis Grizzlies, Utah Jazz and Atlanta Hawks. The NBA opens its new regular season Dec. 22.