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Still ‘Going’ To The Game

from Rob Drinkwater of the CP at the Ottawa Citizen,

It was almost 30 C as Edmonton Oilers fan Darnell Belcourt stood outside the protective bubble that surrounds Rogers Place and waited for the puck to drop in the team’s opening qualifying round game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The jumbo screen he was watching was inside the fence that surrounded a plaza that’s intended for players, coaches and staff to relax outdoors, but a few fans like Belcourt still felt it was the best place to watch as the NHL resumed its COVID-19 truncated season on Saturday.

“I’m going to be here every game. Next time I’m going to bring a chair, though,” Belcourt laughed as he alternated between standing on concrete and sitting on the small window ledge of a nearby office building.

Comfy chairs and cold beer weren’t far away, however, as many fans filled bars near Rogers Place — at least as much as new social-distancing rules would allow.

“It’s going on right there!” exclaimed Hanna Warawa, who watched the game on a screen set up on the patio of Mercer’s Tavern, directly across the street from the arena.


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WingedRider's avatar

There has been talk in the past that Hockey will become a “No Fans” game.  If $$ count Rinks will have no seats and the Major Revenue producer will be TV.  Had to laugh when SportsNuts advertised a $79.99 pay per view for this tournament.  Doubtful whether this will be a hit with Fans.  Summer time hockey is not high on the Owners and Fans list of things to do in the Summer Vacation period.

Sure looked like the exhibition season and there was obviously a small number of players staying in shape during the normal and abnormal breaks.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 08/02/20 at 03:11 PM ET

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