COLUMBUS, Ohio — More fans will be allowed to watch the Columbus Blue Jackets play at Nationwide Arena, beginning with the team's next home game.
A spokesperson for the team confirmed about 4,500 fans will be allowed to attend the March 9 game against the Florida Panthers.
The team is allowing more fans as Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced indoor events will be able to operate with 25% maximum capacity for the venue, while outdoor events will be set at 30%.
The team welcomed back 1,953 fans, or 10% capacity, at the game Tuesday night.
Additional tickets will go on sale to season ticket holders on Thursday and Friday.
The team said a limited number of tickets to select games will be reserved and go on sale to the public on Saturday at 9 a.m.
There are a number of protocols in place for fans attending games :Prior to entering Nationwide Arena, all fans must complete an online check-in questionnaire to be cleared for entry.
Face masks will be required for all guests (ages 2 and over) and must be worn at all times unless actively eating or drinking in your seats. Gaiters, bandanas or masks with vents will NOT be permitted. Masks must fully cover the nose and mouth and fit securely under the chin.
All seats will be grouped in “seating pods” separated by a minimum distance of 6-feet.
All ticketing, concessions and merchandise will be cashless. Purchases can be made with a debit card or credit card. Reverse ATM’s (no fee cash to credit exchange) have been installed within the arena.
Bags are not permitted with exceptions made for medical bags, diaper bags or clutches no larger than 8”x 5”x 1.”
Per NHL guidelines, the first four rows around the rink, as well as a 12-foot safe zone from player benches, Zamboni tunnels and penalty boxes have been removed from available seating for safety purposes.
There will be no designated smoking areas at Nationwide Arena this season.
Arena District Parking will limit garages for event parking and all garages will be cashless and require a pre-purchased parking pass.
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You can hear all the action of the games on the radio flagship of the Columbus Blue Jackets, 97.1 The Fan.