As Gov. Wolf Loosens Capacity Limits, Big Events Are Springing Back To Life

The state has once again loosened capacity limits for indoor and outdoor events. KDKA's Andy Sheehan has more.

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- As we reported earlier, the state has once again loosened capacity limits for indoor and outdoor events.

- KDKA investigator Andy Sheehan examines what this means for sports, concerts, and more, Andy.

ANDY SHEEHAN: More fans in the seats at sporting events and soon more music in their ears. As the governor loosens restrictions, major events are springing back to life.

- Sidney Crosby will take the opening face off for--

ANDY SHEEHAN: The Paints dropped a tough opener, but doubling the fans tomorrow night should give them an added boost.

KEVIN ACKLIN: And we're very excited tomorrow night to have about 10,000 fans back in the building, which is tremendous.

ANDY SHEEHAN: Starting today, indoor events will jump from 25% to 50% capacity, and outdoor events will go from 50% to 75%. Come May 31st the limit will be lifted entirely.

BRIAN DRUSKY: What that means to me is that we kind of go back to semi my normal. I mean, it's been a long time coming.

ANDY SHEEHAN: Good news indeed for the concert business, which has been virtually silent for about the past 15 months, but now major shows are in the offing towards the middle and end of the Summer, including the just announced Jason Aldean show at the Pavilion at Star Lake on August 13th. Concert promoter Brian Drusky is lining up as many shows as he can.

BRIAN DRUSKY: I mean, that's what I've been doing for the last couple of weeks, I've just been pounding up offers to get the people to come to town.

ANDY SHEEHAN: The big events adding some spark and vitality to the reopening of the local economy.

KEVIN ACKLIN: And at a time when the city is rebounding and coming out of the pandemic, for the Penguins to be here on the first round of the playoffs bringing some excitement some economic vitality and jobs back to Pittsburgh is something we're very excited about.

ANDY SHEEHAN: Those 10,000 fans will surely give the Paints live but the real hope here is that they go deep enough into the playoffs for full-capacity sellouts. Let's go Paints. Reporting at the PPG Paints Arena, Andy Sheehan, KDKA News.