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Battalion officially welcoming increased capacity

'We are waiting on confirmation from our Local Health Unit regarding seating plans (general admission vs. assigned seating) and will provide that information as soon as we receive it'
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North Bay Memorial Gardens during Saturday's OHL game between the North Bay Battalion and the Ottawa 67's. Photo by Chris Dawson.

The North Bay Battalion will be permitted to allow more than 2,000 fans at the home opener coming up on Thursday, October 7. 

The news came down Friday from the provincial government to allow capacity increases in many venues including ice rinks.  

"As a result of the good news we received Friday from the Provincial Government, we are able to increase our capacity to approximately 2,200 and that means all our season ticketholders are now eligible to join us for the upcoming campaign," the Battalion stated in a newsletter to season ticket holders on Monday morning.  

"We are waiting on confirmation from our Local Health Unit regarding seating plans (general admission vs. assigned seating) and will provide that information as soon as we receive it."

That number is an increase from the 1,000 capacity that was previously permitted by the province.   

At that time, the Battalion had cut the building in half allowing fans to only sit on the west side of the building while the east side was restricted to hockey players and staff.  

On Saturday, the east wing was opened up to fan seating as the Battalion hosted the Ottawa 67's.  

The city is also working on its protocols at other arenas within the City of North Bay including Pete Palangio and West Ferris which is reopening soon. 

Melinda Fry, Manager of Sports and Events in North Bay, hopes to have more information within the next couple of days.  


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