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Due to Alberta’s new restrictions, crowd at world junior games has dropped by half

Crowds for the World Junior Games have been cut in half

Key takeaways:

  • The world junior hockey championships cut crowd capacity in half for all games after Alberta tightened restrictions in response to the rising Omicron variant.

After Alberta tightened restrictions in response to the rising Omicron variant, the world junior hockey championships cut crowd capacity in half for all games.

In a statement on Tuesday, Hockey Canada said that the event ticketing team is working on a solution and that the ticket holder will be contacted by the end of the day on Dec. 23.

“We appreciate our ticket holders’ patience and ask that they wait for the detailed communication before contacting us about the next steps,” the statement said.

The world championships will begin in Edmonton and Red Deer on Boxing Day.

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According to Alberta’s chief officer of health, there are 6,045 active Omicron cases in the province, up nearly 600 from the day before. She claims that the number of variant cases doubles every two to three days.

According to Hockey Canada, due to the “changing epidemiological situation” surrounding the pandemic, pre-tournament games at the world junior hockey championships, which were supposed to begin this past Sunday, had already been pushed back and reduced.

Crowds for the World Junior Games have been cut in half due to Alberta's new restrictions.
Crowds for the World Junior Games have been cut in half due to Alberta’s new restrictions. Image CBC News

Each team will play one game on Thursday, with Canada facing Russia.

“We’re looking forward to the teams hitting the ice in both communities and getting the World Juniors festivities started,” Dean McIntosh, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of events and properties, said.

A total of eleven games were scheduled as part of the pre-tournament schedule.

Last week, the teams arrived in Canada. Before leaving for Canada, players and staff were required to produce two negative tests, and they have been tested every day since arriving.

Because of the pandemic, the 2021 world junior championship in Edmonton was held without spectators.

Source: CTV News

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