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Colorado Avalanche announce fans will be welcomed back into Ball Arena starting in April

The Avalanche will open up their arena at 22% capacity

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The Colorado Avalanche have announced that after more than a year, they will be welcoming fans back into Ball Arena.

Thursday morning, the team announced that starting on April 2nd fans will be welcomed back into the building to watch the team make a push towards the playoffs. For now, capacity has been set at 4,050 - that’s 22% capacity.

The organization has pent the past few months working under the guidelines and approval of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the State of Colorado, The Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE), the City and County of Denver, and, relied on the guidance, protocols and health and safety measures set out by those organizations.

“We are thrilled to welcome Avalanche and Nuggets fans to the newly named Ball Arena for the first time,” said KSE Chairman and Owner Stan Kroenke. “We are grateful to local, state and national health authorities who collaborated with us to get to this point. We also would like to thank our partners at the NHL and NBA, who have worked tirelessly to ensure a safe return for our fans. This is a major first step in our quest to have a fully packed arena again with some of the greatest fans in sports.”

As a part of the announcement, KSE stated that the Nuggets game on March 30 and Avalanche game on March 31 will serve as games where frontline staff, health care providers and first responders will be in attendance prior to the first game for ticketed fans on Friday, April 2.

Priority for tickets will be given to Avalanche ticket plan holders and partners through a series of presales. After that, a very limited number of seats will be available to the general public.

It’s been a long while but it will be great to see fans back in The Can....The Recycled Can? Whatever we’re calling it now, this is big news for hockey and basketball fans in Denver.