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Calgary Flames, Stamps fans will require vaccines by mid September: CSEC

The Calgary Sport and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC) will require full vaccination for any fans taking in live events at the Scotiabank Saddledome and McMahon Stadium in mid-September.

Event staff and employees will also be bound by the vaccination rules, CSEC said in a media release sent out Monday. They said they’d be targeting a Sept. 15 date for implementation.

“As we continue to navigate these unprecedented times, CSEC believes this policy to be essential in delivering a safe environment for our fans and staff as well as an important measure to help our communities and businesses to continue reopening safely,” the media statement read.

“We will monitor the situation and communicate required updates to ensure a safe environment for everyone visiting our facilities.”

Recently, the Western Hockey League made it mandatory for all players, staff and other team and league personnel to have full vaccinations.

“We remain excited to have welcomed fans back to McMahon Stadium through the month of August and are eager to welcome fans to the Scotiabank Saddledome in September,” the CSEC media release said.

In a note to fans, CSEC said that it was through consultation with health officials and event partners, and fan feedback, that led them to the decision.

More details on how this plan will be implemented are coming, CSEC said.

Earlier this month, concert promoter Live Nation also implemented a proof of vaccine policy, along with rapid testing.

Fan response

Early reaction saw fans in favour of the move.