Ontario to increase Rogers Center capacity to 30,000 and Scotiabank Arena to nearly 10,000, sources say – .

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Ontario to increase Rogers Center capacity to 30,000 and Scotiabank Arena to nearly 10,000, sources say – .


TORONTO – Ontario is increasing capacity limits inside professional sports venues allowing 30,000 fans at Rogers Center and nearly 10,000 fans at Scotiabank Arena, sources confirmed to CTV News Toronto on Friday.

Two government sources confirmed the news ahead of the official announcement from Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr Kieran Moore, due to take place this afternoon.

Currently, outdoor sports venues are limited to 15,000 spectators, or 75% of the pre-COVID-19 capacity, whichever is less. Indoor sports venues such as the Scotiabank Arena are limited to 1,000 fans or 50% of pre-COVID-19 capacity, whichever is less.

As of Saturday, sources confirmed that a new capacity limit of 50 percent up to a maximum of 10,000 people would be allowed at indoor sports venues and 75 percent up to 30,000 people would be allowed in. outdoor sports venues.

Dr. Kieran Moore is holding his virtual press conference today at 2:30 p.m., just before the start of the NHL and NBA seasons and a possible Toronto Blue Jays playoff.

The Toronto baseball team announced Thursday that it will start selling additional tickets for the last six games of its regular season, and will also prevent unvaccinated fans from attending even if they have a COVID-19 test. negative.

The team made the announcement without yet receiving government approval to increase capacity beyond 15,000 fans, but did note that anyone who bought a ticket would be reimbursed if the province did not fire it up. green.

With the new rules, that would mean that the Scotiabank Arena, an indoor venue, could accommodate 9,900 people and at the Rogers Center, an outdoor stadium, 30,000 spectators could watch a Blue Jays game.

Today’s announcement will be broadcast live on CTVNewsToronto.ca and on the CTV News app.

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