Philadelphia did not follow Pennsylvania in easing some COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday, but the city is allowing the Phillies to host more fans at Citizens Bank Park.
After allowing about 8,500 fans into the stands for the first two games of the Phillies’ season-opening series against the Atlanta Braves, the team received permission from the city to increase capacity from 20% to 25%, about 11,000 fans, according to a city spokesperson.
On Sunday, the Phillies announced an attendance of 10,773 fans for Sunday’s 2-1 victory over the Braves, with social distancing pods scattered around all levels of the ballpark.
The Wells Fargo Center will also be allowed to increase capacity to 20%, up from 15%. That will how the Flyers and Sixers to host about 4,000 fans per game, according to a Wells Fargo Center spokesperson. The Flyers play at home against the Boston Bruins Tuesday night, while the Sixers’ next home game is April 14 against the Brooklyn Nets.
Pennsylvania increased capacity limits at stadiums outside of Philadelphia on Sunday. Outdoor arenas across the commonwealth are now permitted to allow 50% of capacity, while indoor arenas are able to hold 25% of their capacity.