After conferring with the USHL, the Black Hawk County Health department and local officials, it has been decided that hockey will be played this Friday night in Young Arena.

Hockey fans will finally get to hear the words they love the most..."It's hockey time in PartyTown"! Albeit, with some stipulations. The Waterloo Black Hawks’ game versus the Sioux Falls Stampede at 7:05 p.m. this Friday, December 4th will be played for an exclusive audience of season ticket holders only, according to a team press release.

Team management has created a new seating map to provide greater social distancing during the COVID-19 situation. Season ticket holders will be contacted by email prior to game day with more information regarding tickets and seating. The team encourages fans planning to attend Friday’s game to review the Young Arena COVID-19 Readiness Plan available here.

In addition, all season ticket holders are invited to stop by Young Arena on Thursday between 5 and 7 p.m., where Black Hawks staff will be providing complimentary reusable face coverings during a drive-up event. All fans are requested to park in front of the Young Arena box office and remain in their cars. Black Hawks staff members will then deliver the face coverings to season ticket holders in their vehicles. Season ticket holder face covering distribution will not be available on game day or game night and other accommodations will need to be scheduled on a case-by-case basis starting next week. Face coverings are currently required for attendance as a provision of the COVID-19 Readiness Plan. That plan also includes no early entry (the gates open at 6:05pm) and no re-entry to the building, including for smoking.

Fans who are not season ticket holders or who are otherwise unable to attend Friday’s game are reminded that it will be broadcast on the radio along with live streaming video available on a subscription basis via HockeyTV.com.

The Black Hawks will announce any changes to capacity limitations for future home games as the information becomes available and circumstances related to the coronavirus continue to evolve.

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