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.
On #PompAndPoni Podcast—#Penguins President David Morehouse told us @Penguins are HOPEFUL to potentially get to 100% Capacity as soon as game 5 of this first round series!! A great conversation Be sure to tune in!!! The Podcast drops at Noon. @KDKA @937theFan @Spotify— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) May 14, 2021
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.
The Penguins have released the following statement: