Updated: 11:10 p.m.
Tuesday night's Flyers-Bruins game at the Wells Fargo Center was one of the biggest for the orange and black this season.
It went on as scheduled and fans made their way to the Wells Fargo Center despite Tuesday afternoon's announcement from the Philadelphia department of public health, which noted "an adult resident has contracted the SARS-CoV-2 virus and is considered a presumptive positive case of COVID-19 coronavirus," per a release.
Amid the concerns regarding the coronavirus outbreak, the department is recommending citizens of Philadelphia consider not attending public gatherings with more than 5,000 attendees.
"This guidance is particularly important for people who have chronic health conditions or are elderly," the release stated.
Prior to Tuesday night's puck drop, the Flyers released the following statement:
Tonight’s Flyers vs. Bruins game at Wells Fargo Center will be played as scheduled. The health and safety of Wells Fargo Center attendees is our top priority. We’ve strengthened our already very rigorous sanitation processes and procedures throughout the arena before, during, and after each event. If you are a ticket holder that is feeling ill, or has underlying health conditions, you should consider not attending. If you have any questions, please contact the Wells Fargo Center and Flyers Ticket Department at 215-218-7825.
Last Saturday night's official listed attendance for the Flyers' 3-1 win over the Sabres at the Wells Fargo Center was 19,781, the club's third highest of the season.
The Flyers' largest attendance thus far came on Feb. 22, when the team beat the Jets, 4-2, in front of 19,870 fans. The Flyers' second-biggest attendance was 19,866 for the 1-0 loss to the Lightning on Jan. 11.
Tuesday night's attendance had the potential to top those numbers. The official listed attendance was 19,689 as the Flyers lost to the Bruins, 2-0.
“I would say to you that Flyers fans are like us, they’re excited, they want the team to do well," head coach Alain Vigneault said. "They showed their support tonight throughout the game. Unfortunately we came out on the wrong side, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort or lack of preparation on our part.”
The Flyers' next home games are this weekend when the team hosts the Wild Saturday (1 p.m. ET/NBCSP) and Oilers Sunday (1:30 p.m. ET/NBCSP).
“Obviously this is a difficult situation and we certainly recognize that many businesses and individuals rely on these sorts of events for their livelihood,” city of Philadelphia managing director Brian Abernathy said, via the release. “But we do so out of an abundance of caution. This also impacts our sports teams, both professional, collegiate and even high school. It is simply far more important at this point in time to keep residents and visitors out of large crowds of that size.”
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