Great news for fans of the Nets, Knicks, Islanders, Rangers, and Albany Empire. In today's coronavirus press briefing, Governor Andrew Cuomo said the current 10% capacity limit set on all indoor sports arenas in New York state will increase to 25% on Wednesday, May 19th. This is great news for teams like the Nets, Knicks, and Islanders who all appear to be headed to postseason play. The Rangers are far from a lock for the postseason but still alive thanks to a four-game sweep over the New Jersey Devils. This also confirms the reports that the Albany Empire would be able to host 25% of the Times Union Center for their home opener now scheduled for Saturday, May 29th.
The New York State Amateur Hockey Association has begun legal action against Governor Andrew Cuomo in an attempt to resume hockey in New York State. The board of directors for NYSAHA have retained legal counsel and posted a letter on their website stating their intentions to obtain a court ruling that will allow the resumption of hockey in New York State.