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View Poll Results: Would you renew your Season Tickets now if asked?
YES - this will all work out according to the OHL's plan 7 33.33%
NO - I am not risking my money on a potentially cancelled or partial season 5 23.81%
WAIT - when the Province ok's things, then I will, but not before 2 9.52%
WHO CARES - I am not a Season Ticket holder anyhow. 2 9.52%
NOT HAPPY - I will renew so I don't lose my seats, but this was not nice 5 23.81%
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Old 08-05-2020, 03:49 PM
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Info from Joey's 610 radio interview this afternoon. Print version.


IceDogs General Manager Joey Burke tells CKTB it's great that the team has a date to look forward to.

Burke says they are currently in talks with the Ontario government to see if they can have more than 50 people inside the Meridian Centre. The centre's capacity is 5300.

He says if they get approval to operate at 50%, they can accomodate season ticket holders, and other fans.

Currently under Stage 3 of Ontario's reopening plans, you can't have a group larger than 50 indoors.

The movie theatre industry has recently been successful in talks with the government increasing the amount of moviegoers to 50 per screen, instead of the entire facility.

Burke says anything less than 50 percent capacity at the Meridian would be difficult.
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Old 08-05-2020, 05:00 PM
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These are the questions that I asked in an email:
I've sent an email asking the following questions:
- What precautions will be put in place for the upcoming season?
- What happens if we purchase our tickets but the province doesn't lift their ban for gatherings?
- Will only STH's be allowed at the games?
- What will be the cap for games?
- What about distancing?
- If the season is delayed or not allowed to start when it is scheduled will there be a rebate/refund?

I am going to send the same email as I also have the same questions .....


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I am not impressed - they want our money in 13 days for a season that may not exist in front of fans that aren't going to be allowed - hmm...don't think so. I'm still pissed that the coaching did not change and on top of that they let some of the key personnel go.
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It’s understandable that every individual comes at this from a different angle, and that needs to be respected - but solely from my perspective - I’m a STH for many reasons, but primarily because the product is entertaining and I can afford the season ticket. For me renewal is a no brainer. In fact, I’ll look to add another season ticket so I can invite friends to enjoy an evening out, if and when we can enter the arena again. And if I don’t get all 32 games, they can credit me for next years’ season tickets.

The league (and the IceDogs) are in crisis situation as a result of this pandemic. I view my season ticket money as being a part of the solution to save our local junior hockey team.
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Thank you for reaching out. At this time we do not know the exact precautions/caps for the games; all directions that the government has in place come December will be followed. The health and safety of our fans and players are a top priority for us.



If the season does get cancelled, any tickets purchased will be transferred to the next season or will be refunded.
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I agree with your sentiments Blacksox but I would like those refund or rebate provisions spelled out on the renewal sheet. The OHL is not the only business hurting right now, and while I concur there is value for dollar, not having a season or having it abridged detracts from that. The compromise is, you reassure us in writing, we'll back you financially.
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Itís understandable that every individual comes at this from a different angle, and that needs to be respected - but solely from my perspective - Iím a STH for many reasons, but primarily because the product is entertaining and I can afford the season ticket. For me renewal is a no brainer. In fact, Iíll look to add another season ticket so I can invite friends to enjoy an evening out, if and when we can enter the arena again. And if I donít get all 32 games, they can credit me for next yearsí season tickets.

The league (and the IceDogs) are in crisis situation as a result of this pandemic. I view my season ticket money as being a part of the solution to save our local junior hockey team.
This is exactly how I feel about renewing my ticket today
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I am gonna renew real soon. I can afford to support the team. I realize not everyone can take the gamble. Tough situation.
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Most professional teams are letting their STH forgo the season without losing their seat going forward.

If an OHL STH doesn't feel safe entering a building in the middle of a pandemic during the height of flu season, not knowing if the people around them have the sniffles or covid, should they lose the seat they've sat in for 10 years? I would hope not.

I've also heard/read that Branch has said that there won't be any conference crossover games. Meaning the Dogs won't play London, Kitchener, Windsor, etc. at all this season. There will also be a lot more weekday games to cram the season in.
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Most professional teams are letting their STH forgo the season without losing their seat going forward.

If an OHL STH doesn't feel safe entering a building in the middle of a pandemic during the height of flu season, not knowing if the people around them have the sniffles or covid, should they lose the seat they've sat in for 10 years? I would hope not.

I agree with that plan completely, but I am also convinced it isn't going to happen in the OHL/Niagara. I doubt my wife will enter the Meridian Centre wearing a mask with 2,600 other people. So chances are, I will end up buying our two tickets and using one occasionally, just to bookmark our seats.

The more I think about it, the more questions I have. Who will enforce the mask issue - if its anything like shopping (no mask, mask over mouth, mask on chin, mask on forehead). Will this be the task of the ushers, lol? What about during eating or drinking, or will that be suspended as well? Our section is almost entirely STH, so who gets to keep their seats and who has to move to ensure distancing? It is well documented that loud utterances have the potential to spread droplets more readily than quiet talking, will cheering be allowed? What about players checking each other, fighting, or even leaning in close for a face-off? Will they all be required to wear full face masks?
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