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Canucks allowed to host full-capacity crowds this season

The Canucks’ home opener next Tuesday "will be at full-capacity," after sports events in British Columbia were "permitted to operate at 100 per cent capacity as of Oct. 24," according to David Carrigg of the Vancouver PROVINCE. B.C. Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that the change would "coincide with the date it will be mandatory for anyone aged 12-and-over to present their B.C. vaccine card to access most events, services and businesses, including sporting events and concerts." However, Henry said that the move from 50% to full capacity "wouldn’t take place in regions that are under additional COVID-19 restrictions." Carrigg notes that means the Canucks' AHL affiliate, the Abbotsford Canucks, "remains at half-capacity" (Vancouver PROVINCE, 10/20).

SELLOUT STRUGGLE: SPORTSNET.ca noted while all provincial and state governments have "cleared the way for capacity crowds," most of the Canadian teams have "struggled to attract sellout crowds early in the season." The Maple Leafs, normally a "near lock for capacity crowds," have been "short of a sellout for each of their three home games this season" (SPORTSNET.ca, 10/19).

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