Calhoun Times

NHL’s Predators get OK for more fans in playoffs

- The Associated Press

The Nashville Predators have reached an agreement that will allow for a crowd of 12,135 inside Bridgeston­e Arena for home games played during the upcoming Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Predators will face the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round, and all home games will see approximat­ely 70% of Bridgeston­e Arena’s 17,159 seats filled.

The NHL has allowed the capacity increase based on a calibratio­n of outside air flow requiremen­ts used uniformly throughout the league to determine venue capacities for the playoffs. To meet this requiremen­t, Bridgeston­e Arena will supplement its existing HVAC system with three additional air conditioni­ng units.

Additional­ly, in accordance with the city’s updated guidelines, future non-hockey events will be permitted to operate at full capacity.

As coronaviru­s restrictio­ns ease in the nation’s capital, the Washington city government says sports stadiums can have spectators at full capacity as of June 11.

That will allow the Washington Nationals to let about 40,000 fans into its home games.

The Major League Baseball team said Monday it was granted a waiver by the city to expand its ticket distributi­on at Nationals Park to up to 36% of capacity as of Friday.

The Nationals currently are allowed 10,000 fans per game — about 25% of what their outdoor ballpark holds.

As of last month, the NHL’s Capitals and NBA’s Wizards have been allowed to host 10% of capacity at their indoor arena downtown, roughly 2,000 people. That will rise to 25%, about 5,000 spectators, on Friday.

Both of those teams would need to make progress through the playoffs in order to reach next month’s date for full crowds.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that Nassau Coliseum will have a fully vaccinated fan section when the New York Islanders open the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Half of the arena will be used as a fully vaccinated fan section with attendees spaced approximat­ely 3 feet apart with an unoccupied seat between each party. Individual­s seated in those sections will have to prove they’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Young adults and children under age 16 not yet eligible for the vaccine may be seated with a vaccinated adult so long as they’ve received a recent negative COVID-19 test result.

Appropriat­e social distancing, masks and other health protocols will still apply throughout the Coliseum, which seats 14,500.

Entering this week, 66% of Long Island’s adults had received at least one vaccine dose and 53% had completed their vaccine series.

New York Road Runners is planning to host races for thousands of runners as New York state eases coronaviru­s limits for large-scale outdoor event venues.

NYRR will more than double the runner field size of the field for the Mastercard New York Mini 10K on June 12 — from 1,200 to 3,000. The Front Runners LGBT Pride Run on June 26 and the Achilles Hope and Possibilit­y 4M on July 10 will each have 4,250 runners.

The Mini 10K, a womenonly road race, will be the first regularly scheduled and largest NYRR race to take place since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Comprehens­ive health and safety guidelines and procedures will be in place.

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