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With the COVID-19 situation taking a turn for the better in the United States, the City of Philadelphia (US) announced recently a two-phase approach to reopening, which translates to the fact that the National Basketball Association (NBA) team 76ers and the Major League Baseball (MLB) team Phillies could again see packed houses, 100 percent capacity crowds by the second weekend of June.

The ‘Philadelphia Business Journal’ stated that beginning on May 21st, stadiums and arenas will be allowed to greet crowds at 50 percent capacity. An announcement in this regard was made by the Philadelphia Mayor, Jim Kenney. Beginning on June 11th, Philadelphia will do away with all capacity-related restrictions on businesses and activities. The mask mandatory mandate remains in effect with no set end date.

The Philadelphia 76ers are an American professional basketball team based in the Philadelphia metropolitan area (US). The 76ers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the League’s Eastern Conference Atlantic Division and play at the Wells Fargo Center.

The 19,500-capacity Wells Fargo Center is a multipurpose arena located in Philadelphia (US). It serves as the home of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL), the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League.

The Philadelphia Phillies are an American professional baseball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (US). They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the National League East division. Since 2004, the team’s home stadium has been Citizens Bank Park, located in South Philadelphia.

The 43,035-capacity Citizens Bank Park is a baseball park located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, within the City’s South Philadelphia Sports Complex. It is the home of the Philadelphia Phillies, the City’s Major League Baseball franchise.

Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley informed, “The [teams] will be allowed to sell as many tickets as they want.”

The ‘Philadelphia Business Journal’ further stated that this means Citizens Bank Park will be able to boast full strength a month from now. It also applies indoors for Sixers games at the Wells Fargo Center, with the team already announcing that they will have 50 percent capacity for the first round of the NBA playoffs. Every fan must continue to wear a face covering unless they are eating or drinking.

Dr. Farley added that tailgating will not be restricted by the City.

The above news comes as vaccination has increased and COVID-19 cases have come down in Philadelphia.

Dr. Farley continued, “If you want to go to a theater, indoor restaurant, a stadium, a party or wedding, get vaccinated first.”

To this point, attendance at the Central Bank Park has been limited to just under 11,000 fans. Sixers and Philadelphia Flyers games at the Wells Fargo Center have been limited to fewer than 4,000 fans.

Recently, in Atlanta, the Phillies and the Atlanta Braves played in front of one of the biggest MLB crowds since the 2019 World Series. The attendance in Atlanta was 38,952 and increased by 900 the next night.

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