The first step is here, as New Jersey will start allowing the New York Jets and other in-state teams limited fan capacity.
The first step en route to fans at MetLife Stadium has officially been taken. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced Monday that in-state teams will be allowed to fill stadiums/arenas at 15 percent capacity beginning March 1.
Statement on @GovMurphy's announcement today regarding the return of fans to stadiums. pic.twitter.com/CwwrQ3Uf1k
— New York Jets (@nyjets) February 22, 2021
“Today, Governor Murphy announced MetLife Stadium can welcome fans back at 15 percent capacity for all events beginning March 1.
“As the months go on, we are hopeful that the data will continue to be positive and the number of people allowed into MetLife Stadium will steadily increase. The Health and safety of our fans, players, staff and those in our communities remain our top priority and we will continue to follow the guidance of Governor Murphy and state health officials.
“We missed seeing our loyal fans at stadium events this past year and are excited to welcome them back in 2021.”
Obviously, the news impacts the New Jersey-housed New York Jets. Also, obviously, the March 1 date doesn’t impact the Jets too much at the moment.
The announcement greatly impacts the NHL’s New Jersey Devils and the New York Red Bulls of the MLS. For the Jets and Giants, this current news is just the first step in hopefully housing big crowds next fall.
Just a day after the New York Knicks played a home game in front of fans, New Jersey is seemingly piggybacking on its neighbor’s move.
And if you thought about not wearing a mask, be careful. Mekhi Becton‘s plea for everybody to wear a mask in order to increase the capacity percentage number is one nobody should want to defy.
Wear ya mask so we can get that number higher!!!!! https://t.co/QEpc1QlfN7 pic.twitter.com/UH4IKwqcu7
— Trending Topic 🤫 (@BigTicket73) February 22, 2021