Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said Thursday they will be allowing fans at sporting events with a limited capacity, which means the Celtics and Bruins will have fans starting March 22nd.
The Red Sox will also be permitted to have fans at a limited capacity, as they have Opening Day on April 1st, at Fenway against the Orioles. The Bruins first home game after March 22nd is March 23rd, and the Celtics are scheduled to face the Pelicans at home on March 29th, for the Celtics first game with fans. The New England Revolution’s season starts Mid-April, followed by the Patriots at Gillette in September. Only about 10% of the seats will be full for each sport.
“We are beyond excited to welcome back the best fans in hockey to TD Garden as their energy and enthusiasm have been greatly missed,” said Bruins president Cam Neely in a press release.
“Using these new Play It Safe protocols, following updated guidelines from the CDC, and implementing the GBAC Star arena cleaning standards, we take the reopening of TD Garden very seriously and are committed to the health and safety of our fans while providing a great guest experience,” said President and CEO of TD Garden Amy Latimer.
“This step represents the progress vaccinations are providing to minimize the risk of infection through herd immunity. It is an important step toward a return to normalcy for fans of the New England Revolution and New England Patriots and provides a sense of optimism for a much brighter future ahead,” said Gillette Stadium Officials.
Information about how to purchase tickets for the Bruins and Celtics will be announced in the next coming days, and information about Red Sox tickets will be announced in the next coming weeks. Fenway Park will also remain a mass vaccination site during the MLB season as well.
Fifteen NBA teams have allowed fans during the season, and five NHL teams have allowed fans this season.