Vaccine-eligible Ottawa Senators fans will need to have had two shots against COVID-19, plus a 14-day buffer, before attending a game this season.
Senators Sports & Entertainment announced on Friday, September 10, that it is preparing to welcome patrons back to Canadian Tire Centre (CTC) for the first time since March of 2020.
The first fan-attended event takes place on Saturday, September 18, when the Sens' rookies play host to the Montreal Canadiens' rookie team.
On Saturday, September 25, the CTC will host a Senators' training camp intersquad game before the home portion of the team's pre-season schedule gets underway against Montreal the following Wednesday.
Senators Sports & Entertainment says it's been working with officials from the Government of Ontario and Ottawa Public Health in the lead up to the team's home opener on Thursday, October 14, against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
While the provincial proof-of-vaccination requirement will not officially kick in until Wednesday, September 22, the CTC will require proof-of-vaccination, photo identification and mandatory mask wearing from September 18 onwards.
The Sens organization does expect, however, "based upon its full compliance with provincial requirements," that Canadian Tire Centre will have the ability to welcome full capacity for opening night on October 14.
In anticipation of that possibility, the Senators are set to launch a 2021-22 season on-sale campaign next week. Pre-sale will begin on Monday for season seat members and will extend to Sens Insiders on Tuesday. Single game tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, September 15, at 10 a.m. via senators.com/tickets or by visiting Ticketmaster.ca.