Loosening Massachusetts COVID guidelines will increase stadium capacities
If you’ve been trying to get to a game in Boston but are struggling to find tickets, you may have more luck soon. Twice as many tickets should be available for all games starting next month.
Tuesday afternoon, Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker outlined the latest round of reduced COVID-19 restrictions. Included in the plan is an increase in capacity for ‘large venues’ which include TD Garden, Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium. Starting on May 10, those venues will be allowed to admit 25 percent of their maximum occupancy, up from the current 12 percent that went into effect on March 22.
The timing couldn’t be better for the Boston sports landscape. TD Garden will be home to a pair of playoff teams starting next month, the Red Sox are off to a hot start just in time for ideal baseball weather to arrive, and the Revolution just began their season at Gillette last week.
With the 25 percent limit, TD Garden should be able to hold about 4,800 fans, Gillette 16,500, and Fenway Park 9,400.
Another part of the announcement could see even bigger attendance once Patriots season rolls around. According to Baker, the current plan is for all businesses to be open without restrictions by August 1. While it will ultimately be up to the team, that could open the door for fans at Patriots training camp, and a potentially full Gillette Stadium for the home opener.
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