BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Buffalo Sabres announced Thursday the team will reopen the KeyBank Center to fans for select home games starting on Saturday, March 20.
New York State released updated guidance earlier this month which allowed for the reopening of large stadiums and arenas on February 23 with COVID-19 testing and protocols in place.
The Sabres say attendance will be limited to 10% capacity and fans will be required to provide proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the game in accordance with state regulations.
The following protocols will also be in place in accordance with state regulations:
- Mandate face coverings, social distancing and temperature checks for all those in attendance
- Mandate assigned, socially distanced seating
- Collect contact information from all those in attendance to help inform contact tracing efforts
- Meet enhanced air filtration, ventilation and purification standards
- Ensure retail, food services and athletic activities abide by all state-issued guidance
The team says season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to select seats and more information will be communicated directly to fans in the coming days.
"The Sabres would like to thank the New York State and Erie County Departments of Health and KeyBank Center staff for their efforts to ensure our fans return to a safe and healthy environment," a release from the team says.
The Rochester Americans announced Thursday the team has elected to continue playing the 2020-21 season without fans at The Blue Cross Arena.