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Report: Penguins ‘hopeful’ to fill PPG Paints Arena to 100% capacity during upcoming first round playoff series

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Penguins CEO David Morehouse spoke about the topic on the Pomp and Poni Podcast.

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As the Penguins are getting ready to take the ice in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, a big boost in the form of a full arena may be coming soon.

Penguins CEO David Morehouse said on the Pomp and Poni Podcast that the team is hopeful they will be able to return to 100% capacity by Game 5 of the upcoming series against the Islanders.

As it stands, the arena will be filled to 25% capacity on Sunday afternoon for Game 1, but that will be increased to 50% capacity on Tuesday night for Game 2, as capacity restrictions are being eased in the state, beginning on Monday.

Two weeks later, on May 31, all capacity restrictions will be lifted.

With Game 5 set to be played at home on Monday, May 24th, getting to 100% capacity likely would require a special dispensation from Governor Wolf and/or the Department of Health, but it’s unclear if that is in the works or not.

It’s also unclear at this point how the Penguins will proceed with mask requirements following the CDC’s updated guidance for fully vaccinated individuals.

Click here to listen to the latest episode of the podcast to hear Morehouse’s full commentary.

UPDATE

The Penguins have released the following statement: