Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that arenas can re-open on Feb. 23, providing an avenue for sporting events to start having fans in attendance for the first time in nearly a year.
Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, home of the Islanders, as well as Madison Square Garden — home of the Rangers and Knicks — and Barclays Center — home of the Nets — will only be permitted to fill 10% of its capacity and all those attending must have received a negative PCR COVID test within 72 hours of the event.
“It is exciting that Governor Cuomo has announced that New York State will allow a limited number of fans to attend games starting Feb. 23,” the Islanders released in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming the best fans in hockey back to the Coliseum as soon as possible and to UBS Arena at Belmont Park next season.”
The Nets already have been approved to have fans in attendance for a Feb. 23 game at Barclays Center against the Sacramento Kings. New York’s Department of Health must give approval for each of the venues and events to have spectators in attendance.