The Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors plan to play to a full house at Scotiabank Arena this season, but are awaiting official clearance from the province.
Tickets are now on sale to the general public for the Maple Leafs exhibition games, with a requirement that all potential participants be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and a refund clause if full capacity is not allowed .
“With a fully vaccinated site, we are confident that we can safely host an event at full capacity,” said MLSE spokesperson Dave Haggith. “With tickets on sale, we anticipate eventual full capacity in 2021 and our ticketing rollout has built-in flexibility, so we’re ready for potential scenarios. “
There are exceptions for unvaccinated children 11 and under.
The teams – who both start playing in the regular season in October – are hoping to hear the crowd size this week.
The Leafs have asked their season subscribers to pay for all 41 games based on full capacity, adding in a note: “We are optimistic about our ability to host full capacity events at Scotiabank Arena for the 2021 season. -22 while we await confirmation. on the authorized capacities of the sites. We plan to unveil the updated fan health and safety protocols in the coming weeks and if there is any change in our plans regarding venue capacity limits and health and safety protocols, we will be sure to follow up. communicate these details to you. “
Scotiabank Arena hasn’t been full since March 10, 2019, when 19,124 saw the Maple Leafs beat Tampa Bay 2-1. The pandemic caused the leagues to close soon after.
The Leafs and Raptors resumed their seasons this summer, the Leafs in a fanless playoff bubble at Scotiabank Arena, the Raptors in a similar situation in Orlando, Fla.
The Leafs played a delayed and cut short 2020-21 season in an empty building against only Canadian teams. A handful of frontline workers attended Game 7 of the first round of the playoffs.
The Raptors have called Tampa home for their 2020-21 season.
The Blue Jays played a few home games in Dunedin, Fla., Some in Buffalo, but returned over the summer to end the season with a limited capacity of 15,000 at Rogers Center. The Argonauts and Toronto FC also performed in front of a limited number of fans at BMO Field.
The Leafs will be the first of two teams to return when the Montreal Canadiens visit on Saturday for an exhibition game. Tickets for the Lower Bowl and Upper Bowl are on sale for this game through Ticketmaster.
The Leafs’ regular season opener will be on October 13, also against Montreal.
Maple Leaf Sport & Entertainment previously announced that starting Wednesday, participants will need proof of vaccination to access their venues.
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