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New York City Will Soon Re-Open Large Arenas For Events
As the NFL season wrapped up last week, the Super Bowl served as a major test to how arenas could re-open to the public. The event hosted a little over 20,000 fans in the stands, with strict restrictions.
New York City’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo, announced in a press conference that arenas in New York that hold more than 10,000 people, can reopen with a 10% capacity starting February 23.
There will be Covid-19 protocols and restrictions for fans looking to attend. Proof of a negative PCR test within 72-hours, face coverings, social distancing and assigned seats will be required.
“The Buffalo Bills demonstration program was an unparalleled success,” Cuomo explained. “7,000 people in a stadium, everyone tested. The only stadium to open up for football with testing, believe it or not. The testing to me is key.”
The first approved event will be the Brooklyn Nets vs. the Sacramento Kings at The Barclays Center on Feb. 23. The Knicks look forward to hosting Golden State at Madison Square Garden on Feb 23, too. They are hoping to host around 2,000 fans and released the following statement on Twitter: “We know our fans are anxious to return, and we can’t wait to see them at The Garden once again.”