NHL fans got some good news on Thursday, as the Columbus Blue Jackets announced that 10 percent of fans will soon be allowed to attend the club’s home games at Nationwide Arena.
Thursday’s announcement comes after the Jackets worked with the Columbus Public Health Department to reopen the facility safely.
In total, it means that 1,953 fans, or 10% capacity, will be allowed at home games for Columbus.
— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) February 11, 2021
The deal to allow fans is not wrapped up completely yet. It still needs to be approved by the Ohio Department of Health.
The team released a statement via Twitter talking about the move and allowing fans back into the arena, albeit on a very limited basis.
“We have spent a great deal of time and effort to provide a framework for fans to safely return to Nationwide Arena this season and appreciate the work of our local health officials throughout this process to date,” the statement read.
“We are excited about the possibility of welcoming The 5th Line back to Nationwide Arena and look forward to hearing from state officials in the near future.”
The move in Columbus means that the Jackets will join other NHL teams, including the Dallas Stars, Florida Panthers and Arizona Coyotes, that currently allow a limited amount of fans.
Right now, no Canadian teams are allowed to have fans due to provincial and federal COVID-19 guidelines.