The PWHL announced the February 16th game scheduled between Toronto and Montréal will now be played at Scotiabank Arena.
The city of Toronto eats, sleeps, and breathes hockey. Scotiabank Arena, home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, holds about 19,800 people. This is is an opportunity to shatter Minnesota's current attendance record of 13,316.
Scotiabank Arena now becomes the third NHL arena to host a PWHL game. The Xcel Energy Center is home to PWHL Minnesota. PWHL New York splits their home games between Connecticut and UBS Arena on Long Island.
In the league's press release, Toronto General Manager Gina Kingsbury said, “This is a great opportunity for our team and our organization. Having a Montréal and Toronto matchup in front of a sold-out crowd would be amazing. We have no doubt Toronto fans will show their support and help us set an attendance record. Let’s show what Toronto is made of!”
The "Battle on Bay Street" fuels the rivalry between these two hockey hungry cities. Both teams have sold out season ticket packages for the inaugural PWHL season. Toronto fans have have proven to travel well. Will Montréal fans rise to the occasion?
This will be the first time that PWHL Montréal visits Toronto. Montréal fell short in a 4-3 shootout earlier this month to Toronto at home.
“This inaugural season for the PWHL is a dream come true for so many women and is the result of years of hard work from legends in the women's game and the support of important industry leaders," said MLSE President and CEO Cynthia Devine in the league's release. "Most importantly, this moment will be an inspiration to millions of young girls for years to come and MLSE is proud to host this game and contribute to the history being made in women's hockey.”
Tickets for the game will go on sale to the general public on February 1st at 10 a.m. EST.