The YKK sponsored Widnes Wild will be taking part in an exciting end of season play-off series to be held at iceSheffield over the weekend on 5th and 6th June.
The event represents the culmination of the recent “return to play” cup competitions that have been played in both NIHL North and NIHL South and will bring the top teams from those tournaments together under one roof to decide an overall National Division 1 Cup champion.
The semi finals are timetabled for 1.30pm and 6.30pm on the Saturday, with puck drop in the grand final set for 3.00pm on the Sunday. Sheffield and Widnes have both qualified from NIHL North and Slough Jets and Milton Keynes Thunder – who finished first and second in the NIHL South Ruggedstock Cup competition – will make up the semi final quartet.
The big news is that spectators will be allowed in to watch the games, in line with current guidance – for the first time since the league was cancelled last March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tickets are now on sale, priced at £25 for adults and £17.50 concessions (OAP, disabled, children under 16, students with NUS card). The tickets cover all three games on the schedule and are available via the EIHA website at www.eiha.co.uk/tickets
In line with current safety requirements, the Sheffield weekend will be held in a “Covid-Secure environment” and all adults will be required to provide a negative rapid test result, available free of charge from gov.uk, from within 24 hours prior to Saturday admittance. Temperature checks and a check in process will be in operation during the duration of the event.
Refunds, on a full or pro rata basis, will be available for anyone who fails a test or temperature check prior to the event and provided prior to the first game.
Looking ahead to the Play Off weekend in Sheffield, Wild General Manager Wez Spurrett said:
“The previously rumoured playoff weekend has now been confirmed so we are incredibly excited to be taking part in that. And the best news around the playoffs is that finally fans will be allowed back in the stands! We cannot tell you how much we’ve missed having fans to play to. It’s going to be really special after over a year without them.”
Looking further ahead, Wez added:
“This series has been a great learning curve for all the new faces at the club, which has been brilliantly assisted by the existing personnel.”
“We have already started preparing for next season, and are really looking forward to getting a fresh team together. With some new and old faces on and off the ice, it’s going to make for some exciting times for the Wild. And of course, being able to fill the rink up with fans is something we can’t wait for!”