The Toronto Raptors are coming home. The Maple Leafs, well, they’ll drive it back, only this time, with fans in the building.
Effective Saturday, Ontario is easing capacity limits in specific indoor locations that require proof of vaccination, including meeting and venues such as banquet halls and convention/convention centers; Sporting events, concerts, theater and cinema, a few others. Capacity for these events will increase to 50 percent or 10,000 people (whichever is less).
The province’s announcement will allow 10,000 fans for games at the Scotiabank Arena for the upcoming NHL and NBA seasons and will affect upcoming concerts at the Toronto venue.
Scotiabank has a maximum seating of 19,800, which means the arena will operate at 50 percent capacity until further notice. Ontario’s chief medical officer of health made the announcement Friday, which will also see Rogers Center expanded from 15,000 to 30,000 fans As the Toronto Blue Jays enter their final homestand and playoff push.
Maple Leafs Preseason Tickets are currently on sale to the general public with the requirement that all potential attendees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
This week, spokesperson for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment told the Toronto Star that they were preparing to “safely hold a full-capacity event”.
The Scotiabank Arena hasn’t been packed since March 10, 2020, when the Maple Leafs hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Maple Leafs’ regular-season opener against Montreal is October 13.
It’s a significant update for the Raptors, who called Tampa, Fla. home for their 2020-21 season.
Due to Canada’s COVID-19 protocols and travel restrictions, the Raptors were forced to play home games outside Amalie Arena. They were the only team that needed to move and deal with a COVID-19 outbreak at the end of the season.
The Raptors last played at the Scotiabank Arena on February 28, 2020. They then went on a five-game road trip before the league closed on March 11 after Utah’s Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.
President and Vice President Masai Ujiri spoke candidly about the team’s commitment to getting the team back in the game in front of fans in Toronto. on 5 August, the day his Multi-year contract extension with Raptors made officialHe said the authorities are working hard to make this happen.
on 10 September, The team got the approval of the government To return home for the 2021-22 season. The Raptors will make their presidential debut on October 4 against the Philadelphia 76ers – their first game in more than 19 months at the Scotiabank Arena.
They open the regular season on October 20 when they host Washington.
MLSE announced that People participating in its indoor and outdoor programs should be vaccinated as 22 September.
In a statement, MLSE said it strongly supports Ontario’s vaccine certification system and will not accept a negative COVID-19 test result “for admission to MLSE venues or events, except for guests with a verified medical exemption. “
Children below 11 years of age will also be exempted from the mandate. Face coverings should be continued to be worn at both indoor and outdoor events.