PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Fans will soon be allowed back at the Wells Fargo Center and Citizens Bank Park. Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley announced Tuesday that the city is changing its events restrictions to match Pennsylvania’s new limits for indoor and outdoor events.
Farley says the city is working with the sports stadiums about the updated restrictions.READ MORE: PSPCA Rescues 47 Rabbits, Including Days-Old Babies, From Lancaster County Property Due Poor Welfare Conditions
Indoor events will now have a 15% capacity regardless of the size of the venue and outdoor event space now has 20% capacity.
The Wells Fargo Center says it will be able to host around 3,100 fans for Flyers and Sixers games, beginning Sunday, March 7.
“We’ve been working around the clock to ensure that we can safely welcome Flyers and 76ers fans back to Wells Fargo Center, and we’re thrilled to open our doors to Philly sports fans once again,” said Valerie Camillo, president of business operations for the Philadelphia Flyers and Wells Fargo Center. “This is a big deal for our building and our teams, but it’s also an important step for our local economy. Every time the Flyers and 76ers play at home, we’ll have hundreds of part-time employees back on the job and dozens of local businesses will benefit, too, so this is a win for our entire city. We’re incredibly proud of the extensive health and safety measures we’ve put in place to make this possible, and in the weeks and months ahead, we’re committed to always putting safety first.”
In order to attend games at Wells Fargo, fans will be required to wear a mask at all times, complete a health assessment questionnaire, and follow social distancing rules.
The Phillies say 8,800 fans will be permitted for their home games. Fans will be seated in pods of two, three or four people, with limited pods available for five to six people. All fans age 2 years and older must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth at all times on ballpark property, other than when actively eating or drinking at their ticketed seats.
Revised guidelines from Gov. Wolf now allow 15% max capacity for indoor events (roughly 3k for WFC) and 20% for outdoor events (8,600 for CBP). @WellsFargoCtr has said they can’t allow fans inside until the state AND city loosen limitations.READ MORE: HOW TO SIGN UP: Philadelphia, FEMA Prepare To Launch COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Site At Pennsylvania Convention Center This Week
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The opportunity to attend the Phillies’ first 19 regular season home games at Citizens Bank Park will be offered initially to season ticket holders. The public will also have the chance to purchase tickets beginning on Friday, March 12, available online only at Phillies.com. All tickets will be mobile.
“We have been diligently working with our city and state officials to finalize health and safety protocols at Citizens Bank Park. With these important measures now in place, we are excited to safely welcome a limited number of our fans back to the ballpark experience,” said Phillies Executive Vice President David Buck. “The unmatched energy our fans bring to the game has undoubtedly been missed, and we can’t wait to hear their cheers once again come Opening Day.”
In anticipation of allowing fans back in, the Wells Fargo Center spent $11 million on upgrading its HVAC system. Sixers head coach Doc Rivers says he can’t wait to have fans back.
“I’m happy. We want to see our fans here,” Rivers said. “Our fans are phenomenal and we need them here. It would be awesome the second half of the season if we could have fans. I think it would really boost us.”MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Police Release Surveillance Image Of Vehicle Wanted In May 2020 Fatal Hit-And-Run
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