Fifteen percent is better than nothing.
And, by the time the Giants and Jets return to the field at MetLife Stadium, perhaps more fans in the building will be allowed to see their teams in action for the first time since the COVID-19 global catch. The epidemic took hold.
New Jersey Government. Phil Murphy announced on Monday, March 1 that any venue with 5,000 or more seating capacity in his state would be allowed to have 10 percent capacity in indoor events and 15 percent for outdoor events.
If this decision remains unchanged, the Giants and the Jets will be allowed to attend the Metlife Stadium for games to more than 12,000 fans, with a capacity of 82,500.
Giants and Jets said in a joint statement: “As the months pass, we expect the data to remain positive and that the number of people at MetLife Stadium will steadily increase. Health and safety is our top priority in our fans, sportspersons, employees and our communities and we continue to follow the guidance of Governor Murphy and state health officials. We missed seeing our loyal fans at the stadium events last year and are excited to welcome them in 2021. “
The Devils announced that they would host a March 2 game for their fans at the Prudential Center against the Islanders, which has a hockey capacity of 17,625.
“This is a day for which our entire staff has been planning, working and moving forward for the last 11 months,” Devils president Jake Reynolds said in a statement. “Those who enter the building will feel confident that our procedures and protocols are focused on making their safety a priority. This includes maximizing social disturbances, minimizing contact, and using products and technology to ensure the well-being, safety and enjoyment of our fans and attendees. “
Red Bull Arena, the football stadium for the Red Bulls with a capacity of 25,000, will allow 3,750 fans under the 15 percent limit.
If rates of COVID-19 continue to fall and vaccination is administered with greater frequency, the Giants and Jets could play in front of more than 12,000 fans per game this season.
“I would be shocked if things go the way I suggested in the context of the epidemic, if we don’t have the Jets, Giants, Rutgers at a higher level of football potential, you name it, as we do in the summer. Receive. And fall, “Murphy said on WFAN.” God knows we need it. “
Fans allowed for the games at MetLife Stadium will require face covering and social distance.
Basketball games at Rutgers and Seton Hall have recently been attended by parents of the players, but the buildings have no other fans. By next week, schools will be allowed 10 percent capacity for their games.
In a statement, Seton Hall Athletics said: “We have missed having our loyal fans in attendance at our games to provide much needed assistance to our student-athletes. We are currently working with the Prudential Center to review our March 3 men’s basketball game vs. the ability to host spectators at the University of Connecticut, and we will communicate further details when available. “