A pair of lucky Leafs fans got to watch the squad in a nearly empty arena


With Toronto Maple Leafs fans returning to action yesterday, most fans were forced to watch the game on their couches due to new capacity restrictions related to COVID-19.

With the Scotiabank Arena limited to a capacity of 1,000 people, including arena and team staff, no traditional tickets were given out for Toronto’s 6-0 win over the Ottawa Senators .

But a pair of lucky Leafs fans were able to watch the team in a nearly empty Scotiabank arena thanks to MLSE.

Kurtis Stevenson, an Alberta Leafs fan whose three-game tickets to Toronto were canceled when capacity restrictions were introduced earlier this month, posted a video on Twitter sharing his disappointment.

With a non-refundable plane ticket and Airbnb, Stevenson was disgusted that he couldn’t attend the Leafs in person on his first trip to the Scotiabank Arena.

The news eventually spread to MLSE’s vice president of communications, Dave Haggith, who hooked up Stevenson with a sequel for the game to watch as the team’s guest.

When Stevenson originally released the video, games in Toronto still had to run at 50% capacity. But it seems that while the fan count is practically nil, MLSE has always kept their promise to Stevenson.

Stevenson was joined by Jason Maskalow, better known as “Dart Guy,” after a photo of his makeup and cigarette went viral in the 2017 playoffs.

Stevenson had a few unforeseen events along the way, including a canceled flight the day before the game. But it all worked, with Stevenson having a smile on his face the entire way.

Although Monday’s Leafs game against Carolina has been postponed, it looks like Stevenson will be back on Wednesday night. If you hear someone on TV clapping, it’s probably them.


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