Maple Leafs will play 10 more home games before SBA is full again


On February 21, spectator capacity at Ontario sports venues will increase to 50%

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The Maple Leafs are going to have to struggle with that feeling of emptiness for quite some time to come.

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Under guidelines announced by the Ontario government on Thursday, the Leafs will have no fans for their next five games at Scotiabank Arena and will have 50% for the next five games.

On February 21, spectator capacity at sports venues will increase to 50%. This will remain in place until March 14, when the capacity restrictions will be lifted.

Once the Leafs complete their current six-game road streak on Saturday in New York against the Islanders, they will return home to face the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.

Four more games — Jan. 31 against New Jersey; February 7 against Carolina; Feb. 17 vs. Pittsburgh; and Feb. 19 against St. Louis — will be played against the backdrop of canned fan noise.

Home games at 50% capacity will include Feb. 24 against Minnesota; March 2 against Buffalo; March 5 against Vancouver; March 8 against Seattle; and March 10 against Arizona.

The Leafs’ next full-capacity home game, as long as the planned relaxation of public health measures holds, is March 15 against the Dallas Stars.

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The Leafs haven’t played in front of a full crowd at Scotiabank Arena since Dec. 11 against Chicago.

“I love playing and competing no matter who’s there, but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a bit of a shock to come back to an empty building,” Leafs center Jason Spezza said earlier this month. this after the Leafs game. in an empty SBA against Ottawa and Edmonton. “We hope it’s something temporary. We all like playing in front of fans more than playing without them. That’s an understatement.”

The Toronto Marlies, meanwhile, have three home games before Feb. 21, another that day, and four between Feb. 21 and March 14.

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