Flyers Fans Will Return on March 7th, Sixers Supporters on March 14th

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We’ve got Wells Fargo Center return dates for fans.

In a previous post, we shared a letter from the Sixers to season ticket holders, explaining that “the first game we will host fans will be Sunday, March 14th vs. San Antonio.

Now we’ve got a joint press release that reveals a date for Flyers fans:

PHILADELPHIA  (March 2, 2021) –After the city of Philadelphia and state of Pennsylvania lifted restrictions to allow 15% capacity at indoor sporting events, Wells Fargo Center announced today that fans will be welcomed “Back to Broad Street” for Flyers and 76ers games beginning on Sunday, March 7. Factoring in state and local regulations, NHL and NBA guidance, and the arena’s own strict health and safety protocols, Wells Fargo Center will initially be able to host approximately 3100 fans for Flyers and 76ers games.  Today’s announcement comes after months of close coordination with state and city health officials, extensive, science-backed research into similar arena re-openings, and input from leading medical experts. Even with this initially limited capacity, hundreds of part-time employees will be brought back to work for each Flyers and 76ers home game. All the information about fans coming “Back to Broad Street” can be found here.

In order to attend Flyers and 76ers games, fans will be required to wear a mask at all times, complete a health assessment questionnaire, and follow social distancing rules. Click here for more information on the latest health and safety measures in place at Wells Fargo Center.

The only reason for the one-week discrepancy between the Sixers and Flyers is that the Sixers come out of the All-Star Break with two road games, so March 14th is the soonest they could resume with fans. There’s not enough time to get fans in the building for tomorrow’s game against Utah.

As for the Phillies, first priority goes to season ticket holders.

The team sent out a press release of its own:

The Phillies are getting ready to safely welcome a limited number of fans back to baseball for the first 19 regular season home games at Citizens Bank Park, which includes series against the Atlanta Braves (April 1, 3 & 4), New York Mets (April 5-7; April 30-May 2), St. Louis Cardinals (April 16-18), San Francisco Giants (April 19-21) and Milwaukee Brewers (May 3-6).

This “soft opening” of Phillies baseball is in collaboration with the City of Philadelphia and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as dependent on a continuation of declining COVID-19 cases in the region. The well-being and safety of fans, players and staff will continue to be the absolute priority.  

The limited return of fans also includes the addition of extensive health and safety protocols for all Phillies home games, with operational specifics to be announced prior to Opening Day. Among the protocols:With capacity limits for outdoor events currently capped at 20%, 8,800 fans will be permitted at each Phillies home game.To allow for socially distant seating, fans will be seated in pods of two, three or four people, with limited pods available for five to six people. 

All attendees age two years and older must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth at all times on ballpark property, other than when actively eating or drinking at their ticketed seats. All areas of the ballpark accessed by fans will be cleaned and disinfected before, during and after each game by a newly created “Clean Team” utilizing processes and products approved by the CDC and EPA specifically for use against COVID-19. Hand sanitizing stations will also be widely available.

The opportunity to attend the Phillies first 19 regular season home games at Citizens Bank Park will be offered initially to season ticket holders. The public will also have the chance to purchase tickets beginning on Friday, March 12, available online only at Phillies.com. All tickets will be mobile.Tickets for the remaining 62 regular season home games will go on sale in early April. The amount of tickets sold for these games may increase or decrease as health conditions evolve. The Phillies will continue to consult with, and take direction from, local and state officials throughout the season.

More info when we get it.

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