It’s going to look a bit like 2020 in Toronto in the next few weeks.
Under a new rule from the Province of Ontario government that limits venues such as the Scotiabank Arena to 1,000 people, the Raptors (and NHL Maple Leafs) will not sell tickets to games for at least the next three weeks.
Statement from MLSE and Toronto Raptors following today’s provincial announcement. pic.twitter.com/GIuaJt4izD
– Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 31, 2021
This will go into effect for Friday night’s game against the Clippers. The Raptors have six home games over the next three weeks.
The aim of the regulations is to slow the spread of COVID by reducing the number of large gatherings. Recently, the sale of food and drink during games at Scotiabank Arena had been halted to allow for stricter enforcement of a mask warrant.
The 1,000 people allowed in the arena for games will consist of team staff and tickets given to family and friends of players.
Last season, the Raptors played in Tampa Bay due to COVID travel restrictions in Canada. This season they are the only team (at least so far) playing in front of small crowds.