Fans, staff will need full vaccinations to attend Calgary Flames, Stampeders games and other sporting events

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Calgary Sports and Entertainment says it will require all fans, event staff, and employees to be fully vaccinated for attendance at live events at McMahon Stadium and the Saddledome.  (Larry MacDougal/The Canadian Press - image credit)
Calgary Sports and Entertainment says it will require all fans, event staff, and employees to be fully vaccinated for attendance at live events at McMahon Stadium and the Saddledome. (Larry MacDougal/The Canadian Press - image credit)

Fans and staff will soon need to be fully vaccinated in order to attend live and major sporting events at Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome and McMahon Stadium.

Calgary Sports and Entertainment (CSEC) announced that they will be implementing a COVID-19 vaccination policy for all fans eligible to receive the vaccine, as well as event staff and employees, in a Monday press release.

The venues host games for teams including the Calgary Flames, Stampeders, Hitmen and Roughnecks.

CSEC wrote in a release they believe this move is essential to having a safe environment for fans and staff.

"[It's] an important measure to help our communities and businesses to continue reopening safely," the CSEC said.

Fans have already been welcomed back to McMahon Stadium, and will be able to grab tickets for games at the Scotiabank Saddledome come September.

The effective policy date for the vaccine mandate is being targeted for Sept. 15.

Further details on implementation will be provided in the coming weeks, the CSEC said.

The mandate comes as concert venues and promoters face increasing pressure to outline what actions they're taking to ensure their premises don't become home to superspreader events for COVID-19.

In a similar move last week, Live Nation Canada said it will soon require ticket holders to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test before they're granted entry to its concerts.

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment announced last Tuesday it will require staff and patrons to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result and that those requirements will be enforced at concerts held on its premises, which include Toronto's Scotiabank Arena, where Enrique Iglesias, Maluma and Genesis are booked to play later this year.

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