Good news for hockey fans- it looks like the vast majority of NHL arenas in Canada will be operating at full capacity this season, following zero fans in attendance for regular-season games last year. In fact, all but two are expected to be back to business as (mostly) usual.
At least, that’s what Sportsnet is reporting, citing an internal memo from the NHL itself. Apparently, every arena, minus those in Vancouver and Montreal, is aiming for full capacity for the start of the 2021 season. Vancouver will operate at 50% capacity to start, while Montreal is going for 33%.
In a memo the NHL sent out to teams today regarding fan vaccine and mask requirements, it says every building–except the Bell Centre (MTL, 33%) and Rogers Arena (VAN, 50%)–will be able to begin operating at 100% capacity. 1/2 @Sportsnet
— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) September 23, 2021
Interestingly, this means that some are anticipating the loosening of restrictions for the games. Most notable is Ontario, which is allowing only 50% of fans for preseason games. However, the plan is to increase capacity if things go well. We guess the NHL is looking forward with optimism. Hey, as long as it’s safe, we like their thinking!
Of course, all Canadian arenas will have restrictions on who can attend games and what behaviour is acceptable once there. These restrictions have been put in place either by provincial governments, or from the arenas themselves. So, make sure you know the rules at your own arena before you buy your tickets!