No fans for Pittsburgh Penguins home games in January

No fans for Pittsburgh Penguins home games in January

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins will not have fans for their four January home games at PPG Paints Arena, the team announced Monday.

Gatherings at indoor arenas in Pennsylvania is currently limited to 500 people because of COVID-19. That number includes players, coaches and hockey operations staffs from both teams, Penguins and PPG Paints Arena game-night staffs, as well as media, broadcasters and broadcast crews.

The very limited remaining capacity will be restricted to family and friends of the players and team, the Penguins said.

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“We look forward to welcoming fans back to PPG Paints Arena as soon as state safety protocols and capacity-limits allow for it,” said Kevin Acklin, chief operating officer of the Penguins. “We will remain in regular contact with state and local authorities, as well as the NHL, and will make an announcement when fans are permitted to attend. The health and safety of our fans and players will always be our top priority.”

The Penguins open their home schedule on Sunday against the Washington Capitals on Channel 11. Other home games this month are Jan. 19 against the Capitals, Jan. 22 against the New York Rangers and Jan. 24 against the Rangers.

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