Fans allowed in TD Garden starting March 22nd

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After a myriad of terrible losses that have put the Celtics at 15-17, it was announced today that fans will be allowed to enter the TD Garden starting March 22nd. The Celtics don’t have a home game until March 29th, but this will be the first time that the Celtics will play with home fans in over a year. The TD Garden will only be hosting fans at 12% capacity, but this is a welcome sign as the country continues to roll out vaccines and move to a new normal.
Ticket sale information is not currently available, but should be available soon according to the Celtics website and social media accounts. It appears that tickets will be sold in “pod” style packages, in groups of either two or four, and will be socially distanced from other groups. It isn’t clear yet if single tickets will be available, but it’s great to hear that you will be allowed to sit with a few friends or family members in your immediate circle and enjoy a game.

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The TD Garden announced that it would be implementing a new “Play It Safe” commitment to care program that will implement policies and standards approved by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These new procedures are designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while at the Garden, as they limit contact with other fans whom you are not attending the game with.

Among the new guidelines, the Garden is encouraging fans to stay home if they feel sick on the day of the scheduled game or are awaiting a COVID-19 test result. As expected, masks are required at all times, except when directly eating or drinking. Regarding food and beverage purchases, fans can use the TD Garden Hub app to pre-order food and drink for pickup at one of the mobile pickup concession stands throughout the arena. No outside bags of any kind are allowed, and there are new entry points to limit exposure and lines. All tickets will be electronic, and can be downloaded on the TD Garden Hub app or the Celtics app. These are just a few of the new guidelines, but feel free to read in more detail about the Play It Safe program here and read the Celtics official announcement here. I know that the Celtics are playing poorly right now, but I could not be happier with this announcement. It appears that the necessary precautions are being taken in order to make this a safe experience, as the Celtics are following all CDC guidelines. I think it would be interesting to attend a Celtics game with a mostly empty Garden, and I definitely will be trying to snag some tickets. I’m sure that tickets will sell out quickly, regardless of the Celtics’ record, but it will be interesting to see how tickets are priced given the limited number being sold. And who knows, maybe the Celtics will win a few games between now and when tickets go on sale, and watching a Celtics game can be an enjoyable experience again regardless of whether you’re watching at home or at the Garden.