Pittsburgh Penguins: PPG Paints Arena To Reopen To 15 Percent Of Fans

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One of the big name franchises in the NHL got good news on Monday. The Pittsburgh Penguins announced they will reopen PPG Paints Arena to fans at 15% capacity (2,800).

The announcement came from Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania State Department of Health.

Pittsburgh has 20 home games left in the 2021 season, twelve of which will be played in the month of March.

As far as attending a game in Pittsburgh, right now Penguins season ticket holders will be given priority to purchase tickets to upcoming games with exclusive access to a pre-sale.

Detailed information will be sent directly to season ticket holders. Remaining tickets will then be made available for purchase to the general public.

“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.”

Seating in the arena will be limited to pods of two and four to allow for social distancing within the capacity restrictions. Fans will be given suggested arrival times and gates to enter based upon the location of their seats.

Pittsburgh’s home game this Tuesday will be the first since March 8th, 2020 that fans will be welcome in the arena.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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