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All the latest Steelers ice hockey news

The 2019 - 2020 season will certainly be remembered for some real highs & lows. Back to winning ways on the ice as the Steelers beat Cardiff to lift the 2020 Challenge Cup. Pushing for the league title in front of record crowds and breaking into Europe's Elite League top 28 teams with an average home attendance of 6,610. Then the season was cut short with the dramatic news that all Elite League teams had agreed to the cancellation of the league.

The relationship between the Steelers, Arena & SCTLive goes from strength to strength and we cant wait to get the ice back down and hosting the best value for money family sporting entertainment money can buy.

Applications for 2020/21 matchday season tickets are available here & car park season tickets are available here. 

Below you will find all the latest close season Steelers info...

Latest News 2 February:-

No Elite League Season 2020/21
 
Yesterday we heard the full details of the Government’s Winter Survival package for the English Elite League teams. It was to begin season 2020/21 with no fans and government support only in the form of loans. To start on that basis would threaten the very future of professional ice hockey in the United Kingdom.
 
The Sheffield Steelers are delighted with the support that has been afforded to Belfast, Cardiff, Dundee, Fife and Glasgow by Sport Northern Ireland, Sport Wales and Sport Scotland respectively, which is focused on helping them survive this very difficult period, during which no Elite League games have been played since March 2020. The five English Elite League teams look forward to continuing their dialogue with Sport England to deliver a similarly positive outcome.
 
The Elite League’s focus is to ensure the successful launch of season 2021/22, currently scheduled to begin in September, building on the record attendances of season 2019/20 and cementing our position as the #1 attended indoor team sport in the United Kingdom.

Click here to here Tony Smith’s BBC Radio Sheffield interview & click here to listen to Nottingham Panthers owner Neil Black BBC Radio Nottingham interview.

 

Latest News 12 January:-

Shortly before Christmas, the Elite League’s five teams in England were given details for the final funding application process, following the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports’ initial announcement of government support on 19 November

Elite League Chairman Tony Smith explained how things currently stand: “Sport England opened the application procedure for funding a week before Christmas, and all five English teams are currently going through this process. We have been informed by Sport England that a final decision regarding funding for the Elite League will be made on 15 January, so we hope to be in a position to know and share more shortly after that.

“We would have loved to have been able to move forward earlier, and did the necessary planning in case that was possible, but the timescales are out of our hands. What we have planned in detail is to make sure that we have a full testing protocol for players and staff, were we able to play following Sport England’s decision. We believe that working with a full testing protocol is the only responsible way to resume playing ice hockey in the UK at senior level.

“We will continue to follow Sport England’s application procedure and thank them for their ongoing assistance.”

Click below to listen to Tony speaking with BBC Radio Sheffield January 2021

Latest News 26th November:-

Further update from the Steelers following last week’s announcement by the DCMS of a ‘Winter Survival Package’ which included the Elite League - following further discussions with Sport England and DCMS, it has been confirmed the funding allocated last week relates to teams in England only, with separate funds made available to the devolved authorities under the Barnett formula.

League chairman Tony Smith explained where this puts things as of now: “We are not losing sight of the fact that we applied for government help as one Elite League across four nations. While the funding that covers England is extremely welcome, our next steps are to try to secure similar possibilities for the remaining five teams (Belfast Giants, Cardiff Devils, Dundee Stars, Fife Flyers & Glasgow Clan).
“Until we know more, there is no guarantee that these nations will allocate funding for ice hockey. We are calling on the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to assess the options available to all teams in their regions as soon as possible. The EIHL will do everything it can to assist these teams in requesting funding from their devolved administrations, and take the lead in the process where required.”

He continued: “What we do also know now is that the funding is only available to us if we put an Elite League level product on the ice, and that it is not a ‘blank cheque’ – everything in England will need to be applied for via Sport England to ensure funds requested are appropriate and proportionate to putting a product on the ice. There are a lot of different aspects that we will continue to look at over the next few days and weeks, when we have a clearer picture of how things stand across all parts of the UK we will keep our fans updated. We’re still some way from being able to guarantee something might happen in early 2021, and again I’d ask for everyone’s patience while we continue to find out more information.”

Latest news 19th November:-  

The Elite Ice Hockey League has welcomed today’s announcement by the UK Government that ice hockey has been included as part of the £300 million ‘Winter Survival Package’ across a range of sports, with an initial allocation of £4 million being made available to the EIHL.

League Chairman Tony Smith explained that it will take some time, however, to decide what exactly this means for a possible return of top-flight ice hockey in the UK:

“We need to take a look at the finer details of the support package available, and how it should be used, before we can make any further comment about what this means going forward. It will be important for us to understand how much of the funding is made up of grants or loans, as that will have a large impact on how we can proceed, together with any additional requirements we need to fulfil from Sport England who will now take control of the funding process.

"As a league, we were quite clear over the summer that we needed fans in arenas or government support in order to play, and in this regard today’s announcement of funding is extremely welcome. However, I’d like to ask our fans to let us assess what exactly is available to us, and what possibilities this may or may not open up before we come back to you. There is a lot more detail still to come from the DCMS and Sport England that we need to know, and above all it’s important that we consider the sustainability of the entire Elite League both now and over the next few years before we make any final decisions.”