Hockey fans might enjoy first game live next Thursday

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The world championship organizers have yet to find a solution to implement the Saeima decision on allowing fans to watch games live. The first game with live spectators could take place Thursday, May 27, said Aigars Kalvītis, head of Latvian Hockey Federation (LHF), May 21.

Kalvītis said that it is still difficult to tell exactly when viewers will be able to enter the arenas, because the process will be largely determined by government work, and it should be taken into account that Saturday and Sunday are ahead. For the Latvian team, there is a game on Monday against Italy, and later in the week there is a game against the US on Thursday. 

“I have very high expectations that starting Thursday viewers could be let into the arenas,” Kalvītis said.

Hockey fans of all countries will have the same right to attend games, but Kalvītis estimates that initially it will be easier to use the opportunities for fans who are already in Latvia, while later guests from abroad could also come to the games.

Ticket sales are intended exclusively on the Internet and the most difficult task of linking each ticket purchased to the medical data of its owner has yet to be resolved.

The president of LHF said that the rules for viewers will be strict: wearing a mask, not being allowed to move around the arena, and there will be no catering or drinks.


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