Report: Miami Heat take huge step toward allowing fans into home arena'
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The Miami Heat reportedly are taking a huge step forward in allowing fans into American Airlines Arena this season.

For tonight’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Miami reportedly will have about 100 family members and guests of players in the arena.

It is a very small step, but it is a step forward as the Heat and the rest of the NBA try to allow fans to attend games.

Only a handful of teams are allowing fans to attend games since the 2019-20 NBA season was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NBA resumed the 2019-20 season in a bubble in Orlando, Fla. in late July.

The league’s 2020-21 season began on Dec. 22, but with COVID-19 still a concern, there isn’t a set time for fans to return to arenas in full capacity.

The Heat and Bucks will tip off at 7:30 p.m. EST tonight in what is a rematch of the second round of last season’s playoffs.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.