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Cuomo updates capacity rules for sports, outdoor entertainment venues

Sports and outdoor entertainment venues can reopen with new capacity rules starting April 1.

Posted: Mar 18, 2021 1:44 PM
Updated: Mar 18, 2021 2:11 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. – Sports and outdoor entertainment venues can reopen with new capacity rules starting April 1.

On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced outdoor performing arts centers that hold more than 2,500 people can reopen at 20% capacity.

The governor also said indoor sports venues with capacities of 1,500 or more could open at 10% capacity, and outdoor sports venues that hold 2,500 or more people could raise the cap to 20%.

This means venues like the Adirondack Bank Center in Utica can allow just under 400 people for games and events. The Utica Comets posted on their Facebook page Thursday, saying they were preparing to welcome fans back in April.

We will release more information soon, but we are excited to welcome YOU back to the Adirondack Bank Center this April!

Posted by Utica Comets on Thursday, March 18, 2021

“As the COVID rates continue to improve, the capacity will continue to increase, so this is our starting point,” said Cuomo. “As those numbers keep coming down, which we believe they will, you’ll see the capacity numbers go up.”

Earlier this month, Cuomo said indoor venues could open at 33% capacity, with 100 people maximum.

Cuomo also said Thursday, the New York Yankees and Mets will be allowed to start the season with a maximum 20% capacity. The Yankees could have up to 10,850 fans for their April 1 opener against Toronto at Yankee Stadium and the Mets could have up to 8,384 for their April 8 home opener against Miami at Citi Field. Attendees will have to provide proof of immunization against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test. That requirement will be re-evaluated in mid-May.

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