The ever changing public health orders have made it difficult for the marketing director of the Brandon Wheat Kings.
While some teams struggle because of positive cases that isn’t the case with Brandon. Their January 21st and January 22nd home games against Regina have been postponed and new dates have yet to be established.
“It’s because of the capacity restrictions and limits. Though the government isn’t likely going to lift that in time to have at least 50 per cent of the building occupied with fans. Financially it doesn’t make sense for Brandon or Winnipeg to play home games in front of an empty building.”
“This is less of a covid postponement because there aren’t a bunch of cases and it’s more about finances and not playing in an empty building” said Branden Crowe.
The changes also impact game promotions and the Wheaties were planning for a Hockey Fights Cancer night in January.
“We’ll basically copy and paste them to another date whenever those games are rescheduled. Our cancer jerseys are going to be auctioned off and probably moved to online. So even if we are limited to 50 per cent capacity fans can still bid on them online. Our clothing line for the cancer promotion is online anyways and the link is on our website.
Sunday January 16th is the last of four games on the road and Brandon will be heading home from Calgary on Sunday night. Crowe says everyone is doing their part wearing a mask, sanitizing buses and dressing rooms, guys are staying away from each other and eating in the individual rooms.
“Meals are dropped off at the hotel to your room and you’ve got your room mate and that’s your buddy for the road trip. The only time they all get together is for team meetings, in the dressing room and at the games” said Branden Crowe.