Progress in the return to fan attendance at Pennsylvania sporting events.
Today the Commonwealth set forth new occupancy guidelines for both indoor and outdoor sporting arenas, and large stadiums with a capacity of more than 10,000 people will allowed to fill 15% of their maximum occupancy, up to 7,500.
Obviously that would be the number for Lincoln Financial Field, Beaver Stadium, and Heinz Field, where the Eagles will play the Steelers on Sunday. It’s up to the cities of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, however, to decide when to move forward with fan attendance beyond the state’s loosening of restrictions. In other words, we’re still at the mercy of Jim Kenney.
Here’s the full occupancy scale, shared on Twitter by Erie sports writer Tom Reisenweber:
— Tom Reisenweber (@ETNreisenweber) October 6, 2020
Looking at the outdoor list, a local high school football stadium of 2,000 people would be able to put 500 in the stands. The threshold scales down slightly for medium and large stadiums, like Subaru Park, which would be able to hold 2,275 Union fans. Citizens Bank Park would have about 6,450 if the Phillies were still playing,
For indoor arenas, the numbers are obviously lower since people are in closer proximity. Harder to space them out. Therefore, under these guidelines, the Sixers and Flyers would only be able to put 1,950 people in the seats.
It’s not much, but it’s a start.