NHL Arenas Allowing Fans During 2020-21 Season

Photo: TD Garden

After a few NHL teams started this season with fans, more are starting to open their doors again as COVID-19 cases decline across the United States and more vaccinations are given out. NoVa Caps provides a list of the markets that will allow their teams to let fans in during the 2020-21 season.

Any team not listed below will not begin the season with fans in the stands.

Arizona Coyotes – Gila River Arena

  • 25% capacity
  • Up to 3450 fans
  • Home opener: Thursday 1/14 vs. San Jose Sharks

Dallas Stars – American Airlines Center

  • 30% capacity
  • Up to 5,000 fans
  • Home opener: Friday 1/22 vs. Nashville Predators

Florida Panthers – BB&T Center

  • 25% capacity
  • Up to 5,000 fans
  • Home opener: Sunday 1/17 vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Nashville Predators – Bridgestone Arena

  • 15% capacity
  • Bridgestone Arena has a capacity of 17,500 for Predators’ games
  • Home opener: Thursday 1/14 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

St. Louis Blues – Enterprise Center

  • 1400 fans
  • 7.6% capacity
  • First game fans will be allowed in: Tuesday 2/2 vs. Coyotes

New York Rangers – Madison Square Garden

  • 2,000 fans
  • <1% capacity
  • First game fans will be allowed in: Friday 2/26 vs. Boston Bruins

Buffalo Sabres – KeyBank Arena

  • 1907 fans
  • 10% capacity
  • First game fans will be allowed in: Saturday 3/20 vs. Bruins

Columbus Blue Jackets – Nationwide Arena

  • 4883 fans + 19,530 standing-room only
  • 25% capacity
  • Starting: Tuesday 3/9 vs. Panthers
  • First game fans were allowed in: Tuesday 3/2 vs. Detroit Red Wings

New Jersey Devils – Prudential Center

  • 10% capacity
  • around 1950 fans
  • First game fans will be allowed in: Tuesday 3/2 vs. Islanders

Boston Bruins – TD Garden

  • 12% capacity
  • around 2350 fans
  • First game fans will be allowed in: Tuesday 3/23 vs. Islanders

Vegas Golden Knights – T-Mobile Arena

  • 15% capacity
  • 2600 fans
  • First game fans will be allowed in: Monday 3/1 vs. Minnesota Wild

Pittsburgh Penguins – PPG Paints Arena

  • 15% capacity
  • 2800 fans
  • First game fans will be allowed in: Tuesday 3/2 vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers – Wells Fargo Center

  • 15% capacity
  • 3000 fans
  • First game fans will be allowed in: Sunday 3/7 vs. Washington Capitals

Carolina Hurricanes – PNC Arena

  • 15% capacity
  • About 3000 fans
  • First game fans will be allowed in: Thursday 3/4 vs. Red Wings

New York Islanders – NYCB Live

  • 10% capacity
  • 1390 fans
  • First game fans will be allowed in: Thursday 3/18 vs. Flyers

Tampa Bay Lightning – Amalie Arena

  • 20% capacity
  • 4200 fans
  • First game fans will be allowed in: Saturday 3/13 vs. Predators
  • Open to limited friends and family until then
  • Will increase to 7,000 fans (37% capacity) for 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs)

Minnesota Wild – Xcel Energy Center

  • 3000 fans
  • 15% capacity
  • First game fans will be allowed in: Monday 4/5 vs. Colorado Avalanche

Colorado Avalanche – Ball Arena

  • 4050 fans
  • 20% capacity
  • First game fans will be allowed in: Friday 4/2 vs. Blues

Los Angeles Kings – Staples Center

  • Fans/capacity TBA
  • First game fans will be allowed in: Wednesday 4/20 vs. Anaheim Ducks

Washington Capitals – Capital One Arena

  • 10% capacity
  • 2000 fans
  • First game fans will be allowed in: Tuesday 4/27 vs. Islanders

** This will continue to be updated if and when other teams announce that they will allow fans at any capacity this season.

By Harrison Brown

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  7. Paul Smachetti says:

    I watched the Coyotes home game v. Sharks on the NHL highlight and was shocked they allowed fans in the arena given the Covid numbers in Arizona. On the day of that game at that point in time Arizona had 663K total cases, 11,000 deaths, and on that day alone they had 9,051 new cases and 184 new deaths. These numbers would keep me away from the rink. At 25% capacity they still had large groups of fans sitting together instead of spreading out in the arena an in those groups I saw very few masks. We’re going to be dealing w/this for a long time if we keep allowing for these kinds of events to go on.

    • Someguy says:

      Paul… Those numbers suggest that problem in AZ is way bigger than 5k in a hockey arena. I would also choose not to attend right now, but it look like the arena is a reflection of behavior not a driver of it.

  8. Anonymous says:

    The Preds are not allowing fans…

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