Edmonton Elks set to kick off football season with goal of filling pits to capacity
The Edmonton Elks soccer team is expected to fill the stands at Commonwealth Stadium when the 2021 season kicks off on Saturday. It will be the very first game played here since 2019.
Tickets will be available for purchase for full capacity this time around, and there will be no separation between seats and there will be no skipped seats in the grandstands.
Elks President and CEO Chris Presson announced that the stadium could accommodate up to 55,000 people and that on Thursday the number of tickets sold was 25,000.
That said, several suggestions have been put forward to ensure everyone’s safety.
On the one hand, fans have been advised to wear masks while at the stadium, although this is not mandatory. Anyone wishing to wear a mask can purchase one at the entrance to the stadium.
Tickets for the game are only available for purchase online. This is done to avoid contact points. They are also available for purchase digitally.
Presson noted that mobile ticketing is all the rage right now. He went so far as to attribute the popularity of this trend in North America to the Elks.
Most fans are thrilled to be able to download the tickets to their phones. But a few are still trying to figure out how the whole process works.
Anyone who leaves the stadium in the middle of the event will not be able to return. In addition, specific areas will be reserved for smokers.
Presson noted that they follow safety protocols to test athletes on a daily basis. So far, none of them have tested positive for the virus.
Another safety precaution recommended by Commonwealth Stadium is asking fans not to carry any bags except those that are clear plastic or vinyl.
Small pouches without handles, such as wallets, are also allowed.
Regarding payment, the organization recommended credit and debit cards instead of cash.
In addition, there will be no self-service catering stations. Instead, they will have a system where napkins, condiments, and straws are given directly to customers who buy food.
There will also be several stations equipped with non-contact hand sanitizers. These will be installed in different places of the stadium. Similarly, the toilets will be equipped with touchless sink faucets, paper towel dispensers and soap dispensers.
In the public transport sector, supporters will not be allowed to park in areas near the stadium during match days and other events taking place there. The only batch of people allowed to park on the streets are residents with valid permits.
Edmonton’s transit service will operate between park-and-ride lots across the city toward Commonwealth Stadium. The LRT is programmed to run every fifteen minutes.
Fans can reserve a slot using their mobile or LRT game ticket for 2 hours before the game and 2 hours after the game ends.
Masks are always mandatory when riding public transport.