Blue Jackets' Plan For 10% Fan Attendance Approved by Columbus, State of Ohio Will Have Final Say

By Jacob Nitzberg on February 11, 2021 at 11:57 am
Apr 16, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; A view of the arena as the Tampa Bay Lightning play against the Columbus Blue Jackets in game four of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nationwide Arena.
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This is progress.

Today, the Blue Jackets announced that their plan for having a limited amount of fans attend games at Nationwide Arena has been approved by Columbus Public Health. 1,953 fans, or 10% capacity, will be allowed at games.

The next step in the process, and the final one, is approval by the Ohio Department of Health. If the state approves the plan, the Blue Jackets expect to be able to host fans one week from the date of the approval.

"It's different with no's definitely harder to keep that energy through a game," said Seth Jones. "I'm very excited that we just got approved for the 10% capacity."

Additional details of the plan have not been released at this time.

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