The NBA expects all arenas to operate at full capacity next season.
A key aspect toward that effort is the NBA's new multiyear leaguewide partnership with Clear, a biometric screening company known for its expedited security process at hundreds of airports worldwide. The partnership makes Clear's COVID-19 health screening technology available to all 30 teams in their NBA arenas.
A third of the NBA is already using Clear's Health Pass program, which includes a combination of health surveys and secure linking to COVID-19 lab results and vaccination records.
As it pertains to attendance, fans can download the Clear app and upload an identifying document along with a selfie.
A Clear spokesperson noted that the arenas only receive information about whether a fan has passed the requirements for access and not any private health information from the individual.
"You can do this with hardware or without," Clear CEO Caryn Seidman Becker told ESPN in an interview. "You can just be purely mobile to drive throughput. I look around the world and Australia is back. New Zealand, back. China, back. It just depends how it plays out, but obviously, the goal is 100%."