Governor Baker’s COVID-19 update is good for Boston sports teams initially appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Boston sports activities venues will begin to appear and feel a bit extra regular within the coming weeks, with a return to pre-pandemic attendance ranges doable by the summer season.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker provided a COVID-19 update Tuesday, which included a plan to ease capability restrictions for big venues, similar to TD Backyard, Gillette Stadium and Fenway Park.
These giant venues at present are restricted to 12 p.c of capability for video games. This determine will likely be elevated to 25 p.c capability starting Might 10.
This implies the Boston Celtics may play the Miami Warmth with round 4,500 followers on Might 11. It is the ultimate common season dwelling sport for the Celtics. The Boston Bruins’ last common season sport is Might 10 towards the New York Islanders.
So, each the Celtics and Bruins ought to each play one common season matchup with the elevated capability at TD Backyard earlier than their respective playoffs start.
The largest date is Aug. 1, although. That is when giant sports activities arenas and different venues/companies can function at full capability.
Full capability by Aug. 1 means the New England Patriots will play their complete nine-game common season dwelling schedule at Gillette Stadium in entrance of a packed home. That is nice for a lot of causes, particularly with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scheduled to play the Patriots in Foxboro in the course of the upcoming NFL season.
The Boston Crimson Sox additionally will be capable of host a full Fenway Park in August because the playoff races in Main League Baseball warmth up. It additionally means any October playoff video games at Fenway Park can be at full capability.
The COVID-19 pandemic stays ongoing, nevertheless it’s encouraging to see these steps being taken as Massachusetts and the remainder of the world eases again to regular.