For the next round of the NBA and NHL playoffs, Ball Arena in Denver has been cleared to reopen to full capacity if fans wear face masks.
The Nuggets’ first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers and the Colorado Avalanche’s second-round series against the Vegas Golden Knights will both be limited to 10,500 fans.
The Nuggets led the best-of-seven series 3-2 heading into Game 6 in Portland on Thursday night. If required, Game 7 will be played on Sunday afternoon in Denver. The Avalanche lead the series 2-0 heading into Game 3 in Las Vegas on Friday night.
For the first time since the epidemic began, the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment approved the restoration to full capacity. Masks are not required for children under the age of three. Prior to entering, fans must complete a health questionnaire.
The NHL has set air circulation criteria for Ball Arena. Aside from the NBA and NHL playoffs, the arena can accommodate large crowds for entertainment and sports. The ruling came two days after the Colorado Rockies’ and Denver Broncos’ outdoor stadiums were given clearance to reopen to full capacity.