A massive announcement was recently made by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy that the state will allow a small number of fans to attend professional and college sporting events starting Monday, March 1st. Based on the announcement, sports venues that have a capacity of over 5,000 can allow a small percentage of fans to attend sporting events, with indoor venues allowed to have 10% capacity and outdoor venues allowed to have 15% capacity.
This means that MetLife Stadium, which is where WWE’s WrestleMania 29 and WrestleMania 35 Events took place, is allowed to have 15% capacity due to it being an outdoor venue. AEW was scheduled to run the special Blood and Guts episode of Dynamite at the Prudential Center in March of 2020 but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the event to be postponed indefinitely.
An announcement was then made back in January that the new date for the Blood and Guts Dynamite special will be on September 15 of this year at the Prudential Center.
Starting next week, the NHL’s New Jersey Devils will reportedly be allowed to have 10% of their usual 16,514 capacity at the Prudential Center, which would be around 1,650 fans in attendance.
The WWE has also ran a number of shows at the Prudential Center in the past and there has been confirmed about the Seton Hall Pirates basketball game that they’ll be having fans in attendance at the arena for the men’s basketball game against the University of Connecticut on March 3rd.
A report earlier in the month stated that starting February 23rd AEW and WWE could possibly be having shows in the New York area as well as other cities in the state as large stadiums and arenas would be allowed to re-open for sports and concerts.
It will be interesting to see if either the WWE, AEW, IMPACT Wrestling or ROH start booking the shows in New Jersey after March 1st, but any sporting events that will be given permission to take place in New Jersey must still follow the COVID-19 safety protocols. Updates will be provided once it has been made available.