The Winnipeg Jets surveyed season ticket holders about playing the game at home elsewhere on Thursday, according to Hockey Night in Elliote Friedman, Canada. Saskato’s SaskTel Center is believed to be a viable short-term location.
Winnipeg is operating under strict capacity limits as the country tries to slow the spread of COVID-19. Manitoba, the province of Winnipeg, is limiting ticketed indoor sporting events to as low as 50% to 250 people.
Saskatchewan, the province of Saskatoon, has yet to put in place any capacity restrictions for indoor sporting events. Plus, the SaskTel Center has 15,000 seats – the same capacity as the Jets’ Canada Life Center.
According to Freidman, the Jets are “doing their job” on a potential Saskatoon move, as long as Manitoba limits attendance at indoor sporting events.
Manitoba is not the only Canadian province to change capacity. Ontario’s hometown is a maple tree and Senator – set a 1,000-person limit for indoor sporting events, plus Alberta and British Columbia have pivoted to 50% capacity.
Last week, NHL postponed nine matches in Canada because of attendance restrictions. Three of those games involve Winnipeg: a December 31 game against The Calgary Flame, a match on January 8 against Seattle Kraken and a match on January 10 against Minnesota Wild.
The NHL, which has halted the season completely from December 22 to 26, has suspended and postponed all games related to the US-Canada tour from December 20 to 23 due to COVID concerns. -19. Overall, Coronavirus has forced NHL to postpone at least 70 matches.
Winnipeg (May 16-11) is scheduled to play at Detroit Red Wings on January 13th.
https://www.cbssports.com/nhl/news/winnipeg-jets-considering-playing-home-games-elsewhere-over-covid-19-restrictions-in-manitoba-per-report/ Winnipeg Jets are considering home gaming elsewhere because of COVID-19 restrictions in Manitoba, according to report