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Canucks become final NHL team approved for full capacity

The Vancouver Canucks will welcome a full-capacity crowd to Rogers Arena for next Tuesday’s game against the Minnesota Wild, meaning that all NHL teams will be operating without restrictions on attendances.

The Canucks had been the only NHL team awaiting approval to open its arena at full capacity. The team had been limited to 50% capacity at Rogers Arena but restrictions will be eased next week.

Earlier this month, capacity restrictions were lifted in the Canadian province of Quebec, paving the way for the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens to welcome full crowds to the Bell Centre from the start of the season.

The announcement had left only the Canucks awaiting full-capacity approval, but has now been granted by the provincial government in British Columbia. Fans aged 12 and older will be required to show proof of full vaccination upon entry to Rogers Arena.

Michael Doyle, president of business operations at Canucks Sports & Entertainment, said: “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.

“We have a very special night planned for the Canucks’ home opener on October 26. It will have been nearly 600 days since our last game with a full arena, and the players, coaches and everyone at Canucks Sports and Entertainment can’t wait to welcome our passionate fans and loyal season ticket members back.”

The NHL season got underway earlier this month. On Saturday, the Canucks will head to Seattle to play the Kraken in what will mark the latter’s first game at the new Climate Pledge Arena.

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