PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A limited number of fans watched the Penguins battle the Flyers after Governor Tom Wolf eased capacity limits.
Only 2,800 fans were allowed to watch in the arena as the penguins defeated the Flyers 5-2. It did after Wolf eased some restrictions on Monday to allow 15% capacity for indoor events and 20% capacity for outdoor events.
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The gates opened an hour before the start of the game, which was unusual compared to previous seasons. But the fans were more than happy to see their team.
“Just thrilled that we did it correctly and safely,” said Adam Claus. “And we’re back to cheer our boys on.”
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The number of seats is limited to two to four people. Fans have specific times to show up and gates to enter in order to maintain social distance and prevent a large crowd in an area. Masks are required for anyone over two years. No bags are allowed and anything you buy must be paid for with a debit or credit card, not cash.
Despite all the logs, KDKA’s Bryant Reed spoke to a few fans who said they did everything they could to get back to the arena regardless of the fans’ experience.
“I don’t think it will affect the experience at all. No matter what, you have to support your team and it feels good to be here. It’s like a home away from home, I love being here, the atmosphere is great and let’s go pens ”, said fan Michael Schroder II.
The pens also come with some other security measures like touchless faucets in the bathrooms and more than 200 disinfection stations around the arena.
Local businesses are hoping to get a boost from the foot traffic returning to the area.
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The Penguins have eleven more home games in March, and fans can’t wait to get into this part of their normal routine.