The NHL on Friday provided some details on what life will be like inside the Toronto and Edmonton bubbles for the 24 teams playing this summer, as well as broadcast plans and other initiatives for the playoffs.
The secure area in the Toronto bubble in which the Penguins will be staying includes the Maple Leafs’ Scotiabank Arena and the surrounding area, the two hotels and the area around them, and BMO Field, home to the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts and MLS’ Toronto FC:
The secure zone in the Edmonton bubble include the Oilers’ Rogers Place, three hotels, and the plaza near the arena:
There will be “common areas” in certain areas of the bubble where players from different teams where will be able to mingle with players from different teams. NHL’s chief content officer Steve Mayer said in Friday’s press conference, though, that he doesn’t believe players will actually want to spend time with players from other teams during the playoffs anyway.
“For the first five days we’ve put a very, very stringent tone for the fact that they have to be separated, both in restaurants and everywhere,” said Mayer. “But we really have felt that the players’ feedback is their interest to be separated throughout, and we’ll see how that evolves as the tournament moves on.”
Mayer said that Rogers Arena is good to go after suffering some flood damage last week.
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