Gov. Baker announces fans can return to TD Garden, other large venues next month


Earlier this week, New Jersey announced fans will return to stadiums and large venues in that state, and it seems like Massachusetts is next.

According to the Boston Globe, Governor Charlie Baker will announce Thursday afternoon that the administration will reopen large venues in the state, those that accommodate more than 5,000 people, on March 22 at a reduced capacity.

This means fans will soon be at TD Garden for Celtics and Bruins home games and at Fenway Park come Red Sox season.

Boston 25 has obtained more details that state indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas, and ballparks will reopen with a 12% capacity limit, which pertains to TD Garden, Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium.

(UPDATE: Baker made this official shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday, announcing that TD Garden, Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium and other large venues will be able to reopen at 12% capacity beginning March 22. That means that if all goes well, the first Bruins home game with fans could be March 23 against the Islanders, and the first Celtics home game with fans could be March 29 against the Pelicans.)