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Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf Announces Reduced Seating Capacities for Sporting Events

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf Announces Reduced Seating Capacities for Sporting Events

Sporting venues across Pennsylvania will have to adjust to new COVID-19 mitigation rules published by Governor Tom Wolf on Monday, as his office has tightened its regulations in response to growing cases and hospitalizations across the state.

All outdoor venues will now have a maximum capacity of 2,500 individuals and all indoor venues will now be able to host no more than 500 people.

There are additional regulations based on the sizes of the venues. Outdoor stadia that seat over 10,000 will be able to host 5% of capacity up to the maximum of 2,500. Outdoor venues seating 2,001 to 10,000 people will be able to permit 10% of their maximum capacity and those that hold 2,000 people or fewer can allow 15% of their capacity.

That means that Heinz Field will be able to host the full 2,500, Hersheypark Stadium will be able to hold 782 for this weekend’s state football championships (5% of capacity) and Highmark Stadium can allow 500, or 10% of its 5,000 capacity.

Under the previous iteration of Wolf’s plan, Heinz Field could host 7,500, Hersheypark 2,346 and Highmark 1,000.

Indoor venues will have even stiffer restrictions, with venues that hold over 10,000 people limited to 500 attendants, those between 2,001 and 10,000 seats restricted to 5% of capacity and those under 2,000 occupancy can host just 10% of that total.

PPG Paints Arena and Petersen Events Center will be able to host the 500-person maximum. Robert Morris’ UPMC Events center will only be allowed to have 400 people in attendance, or 10% of capacity. When Duquesne opens the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse, it will do so with just 440 people in the building.

Wolf did not specifically say on Monday why sports venues were targeted for reduced capacities in his updated mandate, but said that the situation with the coronavirus in Pennsylvania has worsened in recent weeks, precipitating the changes.

“In December, projections show upwards of 22,000 new COVID cases per day in Pennsylvania. And we are projected to run out of ICU beds,” Wolf said. “We must take action to protect our health care system from being compromised.”

The college basketball season is set to open across Pennsylvania on Wednesday, with Pitt hosting a men’s and women’s doubleheader at the Pete. The Pitt women will host George Mason at noon and the men will host St. Francis at 7 p.m.

Duquesne is starting its season on Nov. 30 in a tournament in Louisville. Robert Morris has paused the start of its season due to positive COVID-19 tests. They’re now slated to start Dec. 5 at St. Francis.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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James from Florida
James from Florida
2 months ago

Any reductions regarding the essential family furniture business?

Justin Dietrich
Justin Dietrich
2 months ago

yes, one of them closed recently!

MrThisThatSo4thandtheOther
MrThisThatSo4thandtheOther
2 months ago

No James, of course not. Mein Furher’s family furniture business is absolutely essential to this Commonwealth. No one will have any money to buy the furniture soon but it is absolutely essential.

Justin Dietrich
Justin Dietrich
2 months ago

You misspelled Tyrant Wolf…

Trump lost get over it
Trump lost get over it
2 months ago

Butthurt comments everywhere 😀

Paul Bow
Paul Bow
2 months ago

I did not realize loss of rights, liberty and to derive an income to survive on meant the comments were Butthurt over Trump. The Government on both sides of the aisle hate you and your family. They are satanic and are in the process of destroying our economy, bankrupting small businesses and wiping out the sports and entertainment industries. This is all part of the global reset and Agenda 2030. Nothing the government has done since March is constitutional, legal or moral. Too bad we have all become complacent, lazy and cowardly. If this were the 1800’s these political treason… Read more »

Trump lost get over it
Trump lost get over it
2 months ago
Reply to  Paul Bow

> global reset
> Agenda 2030

This is why they need to bring asylums back lmaoooo

I don’t know where to even begin. Satanic? I’m sorry you still believe in fairy tales 😀

Last edited 2 months ago by Trump lost get over it
Paul Bow
Paul Bow
2 months ago

Unfortunately sweetie there is no fairy tale here. Just a very grim future. You never shutter an economy over an illness. Now the world is bankrupt. Remember one other key thing Mr. Pillock people that can critically think and not buy a narrative are not crazy, Just very well informed. Hopefully you will be the first to take the Pfizer vaccine. Hopefully you will still be alive a few years later. What are you doing about all the weight you put on during the covid shutdown scam?Still having some funyuns and Netflix with the children?

Trump lost get over it
Trump lost get over it
2 months ago
Reply to  Paul Bow

Weight? It’s not hard to run 3 times a week lmao. My net worth tripled the last couple months in the greatest stock market recovery of all time. Not my fault most people can’t plan more than a week ahead in their lives 😂 😂

Buck Wing
Buck Wing
2 months ago

So if you think the Covid restrictions are a massive governmental overreach then you voted for Trump? After 8 months of BS by both parties….enough is enough. The psychological damage to the kids is reprehensible. The old way of life is gone. We are under medical martial law and have become a fascist 50 Governor disctatorship.

Trump lost get over it
Trump lost get over it
2 months ago
Reply to  Buck Wing

Didn’t vote because I refuse to vote for anyone over 60. I just like triggering people lmao. Everything will be back to normal by Janaury 2022. Imagine thinking this is martial law or fascism 😂 😂 Americans really are spoiled

Last edited 2 months ago by Trump lost get over it
Rocky Triplett
Rocky Triplett
2 months ago

Butt hurt as in you sitting on a Bunsen burner? Would be cool to see your nasty buckeye cauderized shut permanently.

Trump lost get over it
Trump lost get over it
2 months ago
Reply to  Rocky Triplett

Cry harder 😩

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