A protracted street journey to begin the season is over for the Charlottetown Islanders, and the QMJHL workforce is wanting ahead to its residence opener this weekend.
However with the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will not be room for all of final yr’s season ticket holders within the stands this yr. The workforce had 1,450 season ticket holders final yr, however the most capability at Eastlink Centre might be simply 970 this season.
“It was just a little disappointing,” workforce president Craig Foster stated in regards to the ultimate cap on crowd dimension, talking to Island Morning host Mitch Cormier.
“We clearly really feel for these folks which have been supporters of the workforce for a very long time.”
Tickets have been launched on a first-come-first-served foundation, stated Foster, which mainly meant there was solely room for individuals who purchased their tickets within the spring earlier than gross sales have been suspended. Earlier season ticket holders who did not get seats might be given a reduced value for watching on-line.
Modifications within the stands
The workforce is busy getting Eastlink Centre prepared after a powerful begin on the street, going 4-1.
The workforce’s scheduled recreation in Moncton on Sunday was postponed on account of an outbreak in that metropolis, however a recreation towards Moncton in Charlottetown Saturday remains to be scheduled to go forward. The house opener Friday is towards Saint John.
The ice remains to be being ready at Eastlink Centre, together with modifications within the stands.
Each different row is closed. Followers won’t be allowed to go away their seats besides to go the lavatory. Concessions might be delivered to your seat. Masks-wearing might be obligatory.
Whereas the workforce is making an attempt to concentrate on hockey, the pressured discount in ticket gross sales remains to be a difficulty that must be addressed, stated Foster.
“The monetary a part of it is extremely large,” he stated.
“To, clearly, take a 70 per cent hit in your admission goes to be very powerful.”
The workforce has not but made any software to the province for help, he stated. Quebec has supplied support to QMJHL groups in that province, however Nova Scotia has stated it won’t.
Extra from CBC P.E.I.