Boston reopens: Sox, Bruins fans ‘Just happy to be here’

BOSTON — For the first time in 15 months, Boston reopened to full capacity Saturday after the state lifted all COVID-19 restrictions.

From Fenway Park to TD Garden, thousands made their way into the Bruins and Red Sox games – many without masks for the first time since the pandemic began.

“There’s definitely an Opening Day vibe here,” said Andrew Taylor, heading to the Sox game.

It felt more like an Opening Day in April with rain and temperatures dropping below 50, but no matter the weather, Boston sports fans are just happy to be back at games at full capacity.

“We’ve been confined and contained for so long, people are just edging to get out,” said Greg Kreger, a Red Sox fan.

“We’re vaccinated so we’re ready to go, I’m not really concerned about the crowds or anything, just happy to be here,” said Taylor.

For some, it may be an adjustment to see crowds like this again after so long.

“It’s been like more than a year and a half since I’ve been at anything full capacity,” said Kate Leahy. “So it’s definitely new and a little bit of social anxiety.”

A big change, but also a big boost to surrounding businesses by Fenway and the Garden.

Many are also hoping the more fans the better, to pump up both teams for a win.

“It’s going to be amazing, you know, I can’t wait, I’m so happy,” said Gordon, heading into the Bruins game.

Fans still needed to wear masks inside the Bruins game Saturday.

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