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Manners and Rules for Spectators

The B.LEAGUE and B.Clubs(clubs belonging to the B.LEAGUE) have established manners and rules for spectators in order to provide a safe and comfortable game experience that is consistent for all spectators in all arenas.
Whether you are visiting an arena for the first time or have enjoyed watching games and cheering for your team at an arena in the past, we request your cooperation in creating an outstanding game experience.

During the 2020-21 season, as measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we request your understanding and cooperation regarding the "Rules for Arena Visitors and Spectators to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19."

Purpose

  • 1. Ensure a safe and comfortable game experience for all spectators in all arenas

  • 2. The safety of players, staff, and referees must be ensured so that they can provide an outstanding game experience to spectators

  • 3. Strive to provide exciting games and endeavor for a clean arena that strictly adheres to public order and morals, and that is free from discrimination and insults

  • 4. While respecting the right of publicity and other rights of players, staff, and the B.LEAGUE, convey the excitement of basketball and live game experiences to even more fans by seeking to expand and share the game experience through spectators

Manners and Rules for Spectators (Common Rules for Entire B.LEAGUE)

The B.LEAGUE and B.Clubs have established manners and rules for spectators at league-sponsored games.
In order to ensure an outstanding game experience for all spectators, we request your cooperation with bag security checks at the arena entrance, and with manners and rules for spectators in the arena

  • (1) Please cooperate with bag security checks to ensure a safe and comfortable game experience for all spectators. We reserve the right to refuse admission to spectators who do not cooperate.

  • (2) If a spectator engages in prohibited behavior or behavior which constitutes a security issue as defined in the Manners and Rules for Spectators, we may require the spectator to comply with disciplinary measures such as being ejected from the arena, being refused admission, or having prohibited items confiscated. Furthermore, the spectator may be banned from attending future games other than the game at which the problematic behavior occurred.

  • (3) In the case of spectator seating in close proximity to the court, especially near both ends of the court (areas under the baskets) and the front row on the side of the court, players may be forced to jump into seating at high speeds during the course of play. Furthermore, basketballs may fly into the seats during play, during warm-ups, and during breaks in play. Please pay attention to the movement of players and balls while you are in the arena.

  • (3) In the case of spectator seating in close proximity to the court, especially near both ends of the court (areas under the baskets) and the front row on the side of the court, players may be forced to jump into seating at high speeds during the course of play. Furthermore, basketballs may fly into the seats during play, during warm-ups, and during breaks in play. Please pay attention to the movement of players and balls while you are in the arena.

Requests to Spectators Details
There are prohibited items which cannot be brought into an arena. Prohibited items include dangerous items such as fireworks and firearms, and musical instruments such as drums, horns, whistle, and trumpets.
Please cooperate with the bag security check at the arena entrance.
Pets cannot be brought into the arena (excluding guide dogs, hearing dogs, etc.).
Please comply with manners for cheering. Unapproved banners, large flags, and banners/notices displaying discriminatory or insulting content are not allowed.
Language or behavior that is offensive to public order and morals is strictly prohibited.
Please do not inconvenience other spectators or interfere Please refrain from watching the game or cheering while leaving your bags in the aisle or standing in the aisle. For your safety, please keep all aisles clear.
with their game experience. Please do not inconvenience other spectators or interfere with their game experience. Please refrain from watching the game or cheering while leaving your bags in the aisle or standing in the aisle. For your safety, please keep all aisles clear.
Smoking is prohibited in spectator seating. Please smoke in the designated smoking areas.
*"Smoking" refers to the act of generating smoke (including steam) by burning or heating tobacco for inhalation by humans. This includes smoking via e-cigarettes, vaping, and water pipes (hookah).
Respecting the right of publicity of players and other rights of the league Photographs and videos of 15 seconds or less may be taken during the match for personal use only.
*Permission from the club and league is required when taking photographs and videos for a purpose other than personal use; for example, media publication or commercial use.
Except for those published as official records, it is prohibited to record game statistics such as team scores and personal statistics for commercial purposes (including but not limited to provision for use in sports betting) or for provision to other parties. Also, please refrain from behavior that creates suspicion of the prohibited behavior listed in this section.
Please do not interfere with the game operations. Please be sure to obtain approval for fan banners and hang the banners in the designated locations so that they do not interfere with the spectator viewing experience or the operation of the game.
Do not throw objects onto the court.
Never enter the court.
Do not use the flash when taking photographs.
Please pay attention to the movement of basketballs and players. In the case of spectator seating in close proximity to the court, players or basketballs may enter the seating area at high speeds during the course of play. Please pay attention to the movement of players and balls while you are in the arena.

Prohibited Items

  • No musical instruments such as drums or horns

  • No dangerous items such as fireworks or firearms

  • No banners or large flags that have not been approved by the club, no banners or notices with content that is discriminatory or insulting

Prohibited Behavior

  • No language or behavior that is offensive to public order and morals

  • Never throw objects on the court or enter the court

  • No flash photography or large camera equipment (telephoto lens, tripod, etc.) that interferes with the viewing experience of other spectators

Cautions

  • Please be aware that players may jump into spectator seating during play.

  • Please be aware of the location of the basketball during play.

※The B.LEAGUE has established manners and rules for spectators and operates games in a manner that ensures the safety of visitors to arenas.

※If a spectator engages in prohibited behavior or behavior which constitutes a security issue as defined in the Manners and Rules for Spectators, we may require the spectator to comply with disciplinary measures such as being ejected from the arena or being refused admission. Additionally, please note that admission may be refused to persons who engaged in prohibited behavior even when outside the arena.

※In order to ensure a safe and comfortable game experience for all spectators, please cooperate with bag security checks. Visitors who do not cooperate may be refused admission.

February 26, 2018: Added notes for spectators seated close to the court.
August 14, 2018: Added prohibited items related to smoking.
August 28, 2020: Added "Rules for Arena Visitors and Spectators to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19" during the 2020-2021 season.
December 1, 2020: Added prohibited items related to the recording of game information for commercial use, etc.