Last Updated on January 15, 2022 by YGK News Staff
On Wednesday, the Kingston Frontenacs announced that due to the Ontario Government’s new capacity restrictions, it would carry forward with the 2021-2022 season, but would operate with zero spectators in attendance at the Leon’s Centre. The team said that it wanted to wait until the OHL made its own announcement prior to making an official statement.
The new restrictions require Indoor sport and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms to close, “except for athletes training for the Olympics and Paralympics and select professional and elite amateur sports leagues.” Outdoor facilities are permitted to stay open but cannot exceed a 50 percent capacity limit.
“Unfortunately, this announcement includes Kingston Frontenacs home games which will be played at the Leon’s Centre from now until January 26th, 2022,” wrote the Kingston Frontenacs on Wednesday.
The statement says that Kingston Frontenacs business operations are “working on a solution for any games missed by our Season Ticket Holders under these new restrictions.”
Single-game ticket holders are contacted directly by a “Ticketmaster representative in regards to ticket solutions.” The representative will provide options as to how tickets can be used for future Frontenac games.
According to the news release, the following games are to be played without spectators:
- Friday, January 7, 2022 – Kingston vs. Peterborough
- Friday, January 14, 2022 – Kingston vs. Sudbury
- Friday, January 21, 2022 – Kingston vs. Hamilton
- Saturday, January 22, 2022 – Kingston vs. Niagara
The following games have also been rescheduled:
- Sunday, January 9 – Frontenacs at Steelheads, 2:00pm (from Jan. 2)
- Tuesday, January 11 – Frontenacs at Generals, 7:05pm (from Dec. 19)
- Monday, February 14 – Colts at Frontenacs, 7:00pm (from Dec. 17)
In light of the announcement, fans were supportive of the decision but were disappointed that they won’t be in attendance. “While I am incredibly grateful they get to still play it is unfortunate for their families and fans to not still be able to be there,” said one fan. Another fan suggested live streaming the OHL games instead.
Some fans, however, were left frustrated that no refund option had been proposed by the Leon’s Centre or by the Frontnacs. “I feel if there is no refund option for lost games to season ticket holders it’s going to feel like a slap in the face to your most loyal,” one fan wrote.