New York to allow fan attendance in sports arenas under these conditions

New York, New York - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that sports arenas can now host fans, but with two conditions.

Fans will be able to attend sporting events at venues in New York at 10% capacity starting February 23.
Fans will be able to attend sporting events at venues in New York at 10% capacity starting February 23.  © IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

Beginning February 23, fans will be able to attend sporting events in the state of New York, with arenas allowed to fill up to 10% capacity.

Attendance requires a negative PCR Covid-19 test within 72 hours of the event.

The Brooklyn Nets will be the first NBA team to play in front of a crowd for nearly a year in their game against the Sacramento Kings at the Barclays Center on February 23.

The New York Knicks have also been approved to host fans at their game against the Golden State Warriors at Madison Square Garden on the same night.

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The state's two NHL teams, the New York Rangers, and the New York Islanders, will have fans allowed at 10% capacity, as well.

Any event that hopes to host fans must first get approval from New York's Department of Health.

In a shared statement reported by amny, the Knicks and the Rangers, who both play at Madison Square Garden, said, "We know our fans are anxious to return and we can’t wait to see them at the Garden once again."

If there's one major thing that's been missing from sporting events, it's the home field advantage that fans provide. Fortunately for New York teams, they'll soon have it back.

Cover photo: IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

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