Today, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced a plan to allow for ten percent capacity for sporting events in the state. This will include the New York Giants and Jets of the NFL, the New York Red Bulls of MLS, colleges, minor league baseball and, of course, the Devils.
The Devils put out a release today on their official app that described how fans will be allowed back into Prudential Center to enjoy Devils hockey.
The ten percent capacity announcement goes into effect on March 1 but will begin to affect the Devils starting on March 2 for their game against the New York Islanders.
The Devils wrote that they are as an organization, “incredibly excited to welcome people back to New Jersey’s premier sports and entertainment venue in a safe and measured way.”
The team will partner with RWJBarnabas Health to “make sure that [they] are implementing the most effective practices to keep everyone safe at” Prudential Center. The protocols for fans will “be on full display” and will be there to ensure the safety of Devils fans.
Jake Reynolds, President, New Jersey Devils said in the release: “This is a day toward which our entire staff has been planning, working, and looking forward to for the past 11 months. Those who enter the building will feel confident that our process and protocols are focusted on making their safety the number one priority. That includes maximizing social distancing, minimizing contact, and using products and technology to ensure the wellbeing, safety, and enjoyment of our fans and attendees. The fan’s journey has been developed to provide consumer confidence from the street to the seat, and we can’t wait to feel their energy welcome them back to the Prudential Center and celebrate Devils’ victories in person.”
What all of this entails is that fans will be responsible for acting in a manner serious to the situation. That includes wearing masks – covering their noses – at all times while in the arena, social distancing and generally keeping to their own party.
In turn, the Prudential Center and the Devils will keep things clean and safe as much as they can for us, the fans.
Tickets will obviously be very limited and will be available first to Season Ticket Members according to the Devils.
Ten percent of a 17,000 seat arena is not much, but at least it is a start and a step towards normalcy. We have been unable to watch Devils hockey live for so long and this great news!