While the Chicago Blackhawks might be allowing fans back to the United Center before the regular season is over, the Rockford IceHogs will definitely be allowing fans back for the final three home games of the 2021 AHL season.
In a letter sent to season-ticket holders on Tuesday, the IceHogs announced that a limited number of fans would be allowed back to the final three home games and that fans would be chosen in a lottery format and is only being offered to full season-ticket holders and 20-game plan holders. The IceHogs play three times at home to close the season on May 1st vs Grand Rapids, May 9th vs Iowa, and May 14th vs Chicago.
From the IceHogs release:
We’ve been working with the Winnebago County Health Department to ensure the utmost safety of our fans and we will be following specific guidelines as outlined by the WCHD, including mandatory masks and social distancing.
Other details from the letter to season-ticket holders on what to expect at the final three games included:
• Fans must wear a mask at all times when inside the BMO Harris Bank Center with the exception of when you are actively eating or drinking food and beverage.
• Upon entering the arena, all fans will have to an answer a COVID symptom questionnaire and get a temperature check.
• Concession stands will not be open, but fans will be invited to bring in food and non-alcoholic beverages.
The BMO Harris Bank Center has a 5,895-seat capacity for IceHogs games, but no percentage was given for the amount of fans allowed at each game. The letter laid-out that seating would be done in “pods” between sections 201-210, the two upper-level sections that run parallel to the ice surface.
Rockford is currently sixth out of six teams in the AHL Central Division this season, with an 8-13-1 record in 22 games played. They are currently starting a four-game road trip to end the month of April, and play three of their final six games of the season at home in May.