New Jersey sports venues reopen with limited capacity amid pandemic
Gov. Phil Murphy's executive order for reopening indoor and outdoor venues to spectators went into effect Monday morning.
At First Energy Park in Lakewood, the anticipation for the Minor League baseball team Jersey Shore Blueclaws' opening day will be almost two years in the making.
The first home game for the Blueclaws will be on May 4, which will also mark the 20th anniversary of the team.
The virus shut down Minor League baseball in 2020, but as of today, indoor and outdoor stadiums with at least 5,000 seats can now operate at 10% and 15% capacity, respectively.
Plans are in place to reopen baseball parks, hockey arenas, and even the three auto racing venues in New Jersey have scheduled events later this month with the return of fans.
On Tuesday, the New Jersey Devils will host their first game with fans at the Prudential Center when they take on the New York Islanders.
Sports fans are reminded, however, that the 10% and 15% numbers can change between now and the start of sporting events in the Garden State.