Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced Monday afternoon that gathering limitations in place in the state related to COVID-19 were being eased, including allowing up to 15% capacity for indoor events.
The team announced that they had received approval from Governor Wolf and the Pa. Department of Health to reopen the arena to 15% capacity, totaling 2,800 people.
Penguins season ticket holders will be given the first chance to purchase tickets to upcoming games. Remaining tickets will be made available to the general public.
The team provided the following statement:
“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.”
The team says that seating in the arena will be limited to pods of two and four people to allow for social distancing. Suggested gate location and arrival times will be given to fans.
The following policies will be in place for all fans attending games:
- Mobile ticketing
- Verbal health screening upon arrival
- Mandatory face masks
- Bags prohibited other than medical bags, diaper bags, wristlets, or wallets.
- Cashless transactions
The Penguins also say that PPG Paints Arena has implemented new safety measures, including:
- Drone disinfecting technology in the arena bowl
- Autonomous UV floor scrubbers
- Touchless faucets and flush valves in all restrooms
- 200-plus hand sanitizer stations.
- The arena also meets or exceeds all HVAC guidelines set forth by the NHL and NHLPA in their Return to Play protocols.
For more information about the Penguins plans for fans returning to attend games, click here.