Penguins Away Game Against Blue Jackets Will Be Played In Empty Arena

Shawn Digity
March 11, 2020 - 6:40 pm
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COLUMBUS, OH (93.7 The Fan) - The Columbus Blue Jackets announced on Wednesday, before their home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, March 12, that they will comply with an upcoming statewide mandate to not hold large gatherings.

Blue Jackets' management released a statement via Twitter to announce their plans to play in an empty arena in compliance with a near-future prohibition against mass gatherings in Ohio.

The mandate will come on the coattails of the announcement from Governor DeWine on Wednesday.

The Blue Jackets-Penguins game on Thursday will be just the first NHL game to fall under the statewide order.

While the Blue Jackets have made the decision to play without people in the stands, as of the time of writing, the Penguins will still play their home games in front of fans.

Attendance for the Blue Jackets-Penguins game, and all Columbus games for the foreseeable future, will be restricted to club and facility personnel, credentialed media members, and broadcasting partners.

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