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Arizona Coyotes increase seating capacity to near 50 percent

Feb 15, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA;  Fans look on during the third period of the game between the Arizona Coyotes and the St. Louis Blues at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 15, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Fans look on during the third period of the game between the Arizona Coyotes and the St. Louis Blues at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Coyotes announced an increase in seating capacity to approximately 50 percent at their home games for the rest of the season.

The new limit will be in place for the team’s next home game on Saturday when the St. Louis Blues visit Gila River Arena in Glendale. The approved capacity is 8,500 but, due to NHL protocols regarding seating, the Coyotes will cap attendance at 7,900 for all home games.

The Coyotes’ previous max was about 3,500 according to the team, with the most recent home game, March 27 against San Jose, drawing 3,217 fans.

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Under NHL seating capacity requirements, arena operator ASM Global has received certification for the venue.

“Throughout this process, we have worked diligently with the City of Glendale, ASM Global, state and federal authorities, medical experts, and the NHL to ensure that we have a safe environment for our fans at Gila River Arena,” Coyotes President & CEO Xavier A. Gutierrez said in a team statement.

–Field Level Media