After a change in provincial legislation today, the Vancouver Canucks announced via Twitter that their home opener on October 26 against the Minnesota Wild will be held with 100% fan capacity in the stands.
After a six-game road trip to start the season (which still has three games remaining, including Tuesday’s against Buffalo), the Canucks will return home to play in front of fans for the first time in over a year and a half. The team currently sits with a 1-1-1 record, their single win coming in the form of a 5-4 shootout victory against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Canucks, prior to today, remained the only NHL team that did not permit full capacity at games. Luckily for the team, restrictions were lifted in advance of their home opener.
A statement released by Canucks Sports and Entertainment mentions the following:
“Great news today from the Provincial Health Officer and the Province of BC,” said Michael Doyle, President, Canucks Sports & Entertainment, Business Operations. “As last season reminded us, there’s nothing like the energy and excitement that fans bring to Canucks games and live events. We’re thrilled to again be able to operate at full capacity at Rogers Arena. The Province of BC and our local health authorities have been strong partners through the pandemic, and we’ll continue to follow their vaccination guidelines to maintain a safe environment for everyone.
Vancouver’s home opener kicks off a seven-game homestand as they’ll try to gain traction in the Pacific Division standings.