Sheffield Steelers arena woes continue this week, as Sunday’s game at home to Belfast Giants has been moved from Motorpoint Arena to IceSheffield.
Problems with the pipe system underneath the ice at the arena have meant the Elite Ice Hockey League side are yet to play a game at the arena this season.
It was hoped that the visit of title rivals Belfast on Sunday would be the first game played on home ice, but the club confirmed on Thursday morning that on-going repairs forced them to relocate the fixture to IceSheffield.
A club statement explained: “It had been hoped that with the original leak found and repaired that work to begin making the ice could have commenced on Wednesday morning.”
“Despite the efforts of all concerned working day and night this was not possible.”
“Both the Steelers and the Motorpoint Arena understand all supporters’ frustration at these recent events.”
“Both parties are working around the clock to rectify all of the problems relating to the ice and ongoing issues caused by the game cancellations.”
Steelers owner Tony Smith, a businessman who will undoubtedly be frustrated at the financial blow of having to sell far fewer tickets for what is always seen as a big game, said sorry to the club’s fanbase.
“I can only apologise to all of our supporters who have been so patient with ourselves and the arena these past three weeks,” he said.
“The blow we received today has knocked us all back. “
All tickets sold for the game will be fully refunded, and the game at IceSheffield will count as one of the six games on the ‘IceSheffield season ticket.’
Tickets went on sale at 10am on Thursday morning to arena season ticket holders, who have until 12pm on Friday to acquire their seats before they go on general sale.
Steelers will face off against the reigning league champions at 5pm on Sunday.