Düsseldorf/Krefeld (dpa) – The Düsseldorfer EG and the Krefeld Pinguine from the German ice hockey league are initially giving up the opportunity to let 750 spectators into the halls for their games. Both clubs justified this primarily with a lack of profitability.
“Unfortunately, the income from just 750 fans does not cover the immense amount of work and expense that opening the hall to spectators generally requires,” said DEG a few hours before the home game in the evening against the Nuremberg Ice Tigers.
The decision applies to the remaining home games in January. The situation should then be reassessed during the Olympic break in February. The penguins had also decided “with a heavy heart” to do without spectators because “such a low capacity utilization is not economical given the existing cost structure”.
The Rhenish rival Kölner Haie, on the other hand, had previously announced that the 750 spectators that were now allowed again in North Rhine-Westphalia would also be allowed into the hall. This is the first time on Sunday in the derby against Düsseldorf (2 p.m. / MagentaSport).
DEG also justified its decision by not wanting to “select” when allocating the 750 tickets.