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If you’ve been missing the good ol’ hockey game, you’re not alone.

In fact, three-in-five (or 59 per cent) of Canadians say they are missing hockey in light of COVID-19 — but that’s not enough for some them to attend games in person, according to a recent Angus Reid report.

When asked about attending a game live next October or November for free, only 35 per cent of the even the most hardcore sports fans say they would go without reservation, with one-quarter saying absolutely not.

The rest, around 40 per cent, say they would have to do some consideration before making up their mind.

On the subject of sports teams playing in empty arenas, approximately one-in-three fans say it’s “great”, while more than half say it’s fine and “better than nothing”.

When it comes to sports across the board in Canada, Angus Reid reports that hockey is king, not surprisingly.

A whopping 59 per cent of Canadians say they are missing hockey, compared to 31 per cent who miss baseball and 28 per cent who miss basketball.

Only 18 per cent say they are missing golf, and Canadians aged 55 and older are twice as likely as their younger counterparts to report this.

One thing is for sure — as Canadians, we are missing our live sports, and can’t wait to see them played again — even if it’s in an empty arena, and we can only watch them on TV!

The Angus Reid Institute conducted an online survey from May 1st to May 4th, 2020 among a representative randomized sample of 1,527 Canadian adults who are members of Angus Reid Forum.

For comparison purposes only, a probability sample of this size would carry a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.


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