March 12, 2020
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Over the past 24 hours, our respective Leagues suspended their seasons until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an uncertain time, these were decisions made with the public’s best interests in mind, and we, as an organization, are fully supportive in every case.

We are fully engaged with each League as they continually work with public health officials to determine next steps and make decisions related to their operations. MLSE will be an active and supportive partner in those conversations.

“The health and safety of our fans, teams, employees and the general public is our highest priority at all times,” said Michael Friisdahl, President & CEO of MLSE. “As we work through this difficult and unprecedented situation, we are thankful for the understanding and support we have received from our fans and partners, including our Leagues and the live entertainment community. Our employees have shown great professionalism, as always, during this unpredictable time, and we are currently finalizing programs to assist our part-time and event staff, made up of close to 4,000 dedicated event personnel.”

In addition to the suspension of the NBA, NHL and MLS seasons at Scotiabank Arena and BMO Field, and current touring arena shows domestically and internationally, Toronto Rock Lacrosse games and private events at the venues have also been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. MLSE LaunchPad will also suspend operations to protect users of the facility.

MLSE will provide further updates as information is made available to us from our respective Leagues.

Media contact:

Dave Haggith, MLSE,, (416) 450-1681