While the Virden Oil Caps were back on the ice at the Tundra Oil &Gas Place last week, things were a bit different in the stands. Due to the public health guidelines in place, the Manitoba Junior Hockey League team was only allowed 35 per cent capacity until Sept. 25. That is 525 fans – the same number of season tickets the team had sold. That meant no game day walk up tickets are available.
After the first exhibition game, the organization posted on social media thanking their fans for their patience and doing their part to make things go smoothly. It also stated, “if things open, our organization will absolutely look at selling gate tickets again.”
After Sept. 25, teams are allowed 50 per cent capacity. But the number of those in attendance is limited by provincial social distancing guidelines. That means the Oil Caps will only be able to have about 550 fans in attendance.
TOGP has a capacity of 1,500 for hockey. That includes 1,200 sitting and 300 people standing. Last season the Oil Caps average attendance was 817.