In response to eased COVID-19 restrictions, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Pittsburgh Pirates said Monday they’ll be welcoming back some fans to their games.
The Pittsburgh Penguins say they received approval from Gov. Tom Wolf and the Department of Health Monday to reopen PPG Paints Arena to fans at 15% capacity which is 2,800.
“It is a great day for hockey, indeed, and we are very excited for our fans,” said David Morehouse president and CEO of the Penguins. “We are grateful to Governor Wolf, Health Secretary Alison Beam and their team for their continuous communication and support. We also are thankful for the help and guidance we received from our partners at UPMC for helping us to prepare a detailed plan for a safe re-opening, as well as County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. We are focused on giving our fans the safest and most efficient experience possible inside PPG Paints Arena – where they belong.”
Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to allow the return of some fans to PNC Park.
Team officials said capacity will be limited and they will soon be announcing details around ticket availability and safety enhancements they’ve made to the ballpark.
“Even though our capacity will be limited, Opening Day 2021 will truly be like no other. It will be much more than a game,” Pirates President Travis Williams said “It will mark a significant step in overcoming this pandemic. We cannot wait to open PNC Park and host our fans for a summer long celebration of reconnecting with family and friends around Pirates baseball.”