The City of Philadelphia on Tuesday announced a two-phase approach to reopening, meaning that the 76ers and Phillies could again see sellout, 100 percent capacity crowds by the second weekend in June.
Beginning on May 21, stadiums and arenas will be allowed to host crowds at 50 percent capacity, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced. Beginning on June 11, Philadelphia will eliminate all capacity-related restrictions on businesses and activities. The mask mandate remains in effect with no set end date.
"The [teams] will be allowed to sell as many tickets as they want," Philadelphia health commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said.
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This means Citizens Bank Park will be able to hold a full house a month from now. It also applies indoors for Sixers games at the Wells Fargo Center, with the team already announcing that they will have 50 percent capacity for the first round of the NBA playoffs. Every fan must continue to wear a mask unless they are eating or drinking.
Tailgating will not be restricted by the city, Farley said.
The news comes as vaccines have increased and COVID-19 cases have decreased in Philadelphia.
“If you want to go to a theater, indoor restaurant, a stadium, a party or wedding, get vaccinated first,” Farley said.
To this point, attendance at CBP has been limited to just under 11,000 fans. Sixers and Flyers games at the Wells Fargo Center have been limited to under 4,000 fans.
This past weekend in Atlanta, the Phillies and Braves played in front of one of the biggest MLB crowds since the 2019 World Series. The attendance in Atlanta on Friday was 38,952 and increased by 900 the next night.