Maple Leafs, Raptors fans upset about ticket cuts in wake of capacity limits

With COVID-19 cases surging in Ontario, the provincial government announced on Wednesday that starting this Saturday, indoor venues with a capacity of more than 1,000 people will have to cut their capacity limit to 50 percent.

The decision has major implications for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), the corporation that owns both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors, as both teams find themselves in the middle of their respective seasons. With MLSE now having to limit fan attendance at future events, some fans who had previously bought a ticket may no longer be able to attend.

Leafs and Raptors games will be played with 50 percent attendance. (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Leafs and Raptors games will be played at 50 percent capacity. (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

The way MLSE has decided to navigate this issue is to refund all non-season seat holders and secondary market ticket buyers, while dividing all season-ticket members into two groups, allowing a fair opportunity to attend games for both.

With this being the holiday season, short notice for cancellations was met with anger and disappointment from fans who suddenly couldn't attend the upcoming event they were looking forward to.

The new rules will certainly impact a lot of holiday plans this year.

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