NEW YORK (TBEN) – New York takes another step on the road to reopening on Thursday.
Almost a year after the lockdown began, stadiums and arenas with capacities of 10,000 people or more can once again accommodate spectators.
As TBEN’s John Dias reported, there will be a lot of restrictions in place.
The Barclays Center plans to open with a few hundred fans, operating at up to 10% capacity. It will also open two hours earlier for fans to get inside safely.
The Brooklyn Nets face the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night. Before fun comes safety, including air filters and surface cleaning.
“Our air changes at least nine times an hour,” Barclays Center CEO Adina Erwin told TBEN. “Circulate clean air indoors and outdoors.”
AFTER: TBEN looks inside Barclays Center as Nets prepares to greet some fans on Tuesday
Fans must complete a home PCR test sent to them within 72 hours and an online questionnaire. Then, a second rapid antigen test in the arena, accompanied by a temperature check.
The stadium seats have been demarcated in pairs or four, while the seats on the field and other locations are installed in pods.
“We call them our living rooms. We’ve built 10, ”said BSE Global CEO John Abbamondi. “Mini-suites here in our toilet.”
The arena can accommodate 18,000 seats and will reach 1,800 in the coming weeks.
However, Madison Square Garden will welcome 2,000 guests starting Tuesday, when the Knicks face the Golden State Warriors.
Fans must present a negative PCR test completed within 72 hours, complete a health survey and undergo temperature screening.
All tickets will be digital and the doors will open 90 minutes before the game. Guests will be assigned specific entries and the arena will be 100% cashless.
Meanwhile, New Jersey plans to do the same.
“As our numbers continue to drop, we believe it is safe to take this step,” Governor Phil Murphy said on Monday.
The governor said that from March 1, entertainment venues with a fixed capacity of 5,000 seats or more could reopen at 10% of capacity indoors or 15% outdoors.
In all arenas, fans must wear a face mask at all times, unless eating or drinking.