Chicago Blackhawks practice arena is reopening for public use

Chicago Tribune staff, Chicago Tribune
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The Chicago Blackhawks are playing games in a United Center devoid of fans, and it’s unknown when they will be allowed in again.

Spectators also are not permitted to attend team practices because of restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But soon professional hockey players won’t be the only ones on the ice at Fifth Third Arena, the Hawks’ practice arena.

The facility tweeted Tuesday that, starting Wednesday, Fifth Third will be open for public skate, open hockey and hockey classes. Drop-in hockey and public skate sessions will be limited to 25 participants on each ice surface per the arena’s safety protocols.

After reopening last summer with new precautions in place, the arena had limited its offerings since Nov. 20 as the pandemic worsened and the city’s coronavirus restrictions tightened.