Excessive ticket costs and the continuing scandal inside Hockey Canada have been blamed for low attendances on the rescheduled Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Males’s World Junior Ice Hockey Championship, which noticed the hosts change into champions in Edmonton.
The 18,000 capability Rogers Place didn’t promote out as soon as through the Championship, with 13,327 folks watching Canada defeat Finland 3-2 in over-time.
Solely 10 matches attracted a crowd of over 1,000 – with solely three of these video games not that includes the hosts.
A complete of three,252 folks noticed Sweden defeat Czech Republic 3-1 for the bronze medal, whereas the USA defeated Sweden 3-2 in entrance of two,025 folks.
Finland received 1-0 in opposition to Sweden within the semi-finals, with 1,044 attending.
This event was initially annulled in December after 4 days of competitors because of COVID-19 outbreaks, with it being rescheduled for August, one of many components that IIHF President Luc Tardif believes didn’t assist.
“We knew August was not the perfect time and we didn’t count on the attendance that we do normally,” mentioned Tardif in a press convention on the Championship, as reported by World Information Canada.
Nonetheless, ticket costs have additionally been blamed, with the perfect seats for the ultimate starting from CAD160 (£104/$122/€123) to CAD476 (£310/$365/€367), whereas the most affordable seats had been CAD60 (£39/$46/€46).
IIHF event chair Henrik Bach Nielsen reminded the press that the organisation doesn’t set the costs, however admitted costs appeared costly.
“I have no idea if the costs had been set as regular world juniors and there was no response to this,” he mentioned.
“Personally, coming from Denmark, CAD50, CAD60, CAD100 for one in every of these video games?
“Yeah, that’s a excessive value.
“Why not, then, attempt to discover an August value for the tickets?”
Hockey Canada mentioned the COVID-19 delay was an element, in addition to the sexual assault scandals associated to gamers in its earlier junior groups which has brought about points in Hockey Canada since then.
“There’s comprehensible scrutiny from Canadians of Hockey Canada and the tradition of hockey,” mentioned a spokesperson.
Canadian Sports activities Minister Pascale St-Onge froze funding to Hockey Canada till the organisation met sure requirements, whereas sponsors withdrew their help for the Championship.
Competitors ended on Saturday (August 20).
Canada is to carry the 2023 Males’s World Junior Championship too in Moncton and Halifax.