Norfolk Admirals voluntarily suspend 2020-21 season due to COVID-19 concerns

Posted at 12:11 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 23:33:05-04

NORFOLK, Va.- The Norfolk Admirals announced Tuesday that the team will be opting out of competition for the 2020-2021 ECHL season under the ECHL’s COVID-19 Voluntary Suspension Policy.

Admiral officials say the team will return to play in the 2021-2022 ECHL season.

The safety of the Admirals players, staff and the community, combined with the state’s COVID-19 restrictions on limiting Norfolk Scope to a 1,000-person capacity limit, led to the decision according to Admiral officials.

“This has been a grueling decision,” said Admirals CEO Patrick Cavanagh. “We have been seeking every opportunity to play since the Spring. But ultimately, the health and safety of our community is the Admirals primary objective.”

Season ticket holders should expect their sales representatives in the coming weeks to contact them with incentives and available options.

Admirals will soon be launching 2021-2022 season ticket selection offerings with monthly payment options and ice level suites.

“With 31 years of Admirals hockey, we look forward to continuing where we left off last season… with SELL OUT Crowds in 2021!” said Cavanagh. “We expect a new level of excitement for Admirals Hockey in the post-COVID environment that our Hampton Roads community will rally upon.”

According to an official for the Scope, while the current agreement expires at the end of the 2020-2021 season, there is an option to extend.

"The Admirals have been great partners and we look forward to them playing again in Scope in October of 2021 with or without an NHL affiliation," the spokesperson said.