Scotiabank Arena is getting closer to allowing fans back in the building.
Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment has announced that the arena has received the WELL Health-Safety rating through the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI).
According to their website, the IWBI is a company that helps design venues and locations that improve physical and mental health standards to make employees happier and more productive. The rating is awarded to venues after proving they can prioritize their staff and visitors’ health and safety.
Scotiabank Arena is the first Canadian sports and entertainment venue to receive this rating. Yankee Stadium in New York, Golden 1 Arena in Sacramento, and Amalie Arena in Tampa have all received the rating before.
“Working to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating for Scotiabank Arena is an important foundation for our ‘Back in Action’ plan so that our fans, employees, players, artists and crews can be extremely confident that their health and safety is our top priority,” said Nick Eaves, Chief Venues and Operations Officer at MLSE.
“We know that there is still a lot of work to be done, and we will continue to work closely with all levels of government and public health officials to be ready to deliver the best, and safest, experience for everyone when it is safe to return to games, concerts and other events.”
MLSE has not provided an exact timeline for when fans will return — that will depend on the vaccine rollout and local health restrictions — but they did mention that they will share further updates in the coming months.