Alberta premier Jason Kenney anticipates ‘full’ CFL stadiums this summer if targets are met

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Alberta premier Jason Kenney envisions full crowds at CFL stadiums within his province this summer.

The caveat is the COVID-19 vaccination rates and declining case count targets must be met.

Kenney and his government unveiled a three-stage roadmap which outlines how restrictions will ease while protecting the health care system while vaccination rates increase in the province.

The key number for the province to move to stage three: 70 percent of Albertans have received at least one dose of vaccine. That’s expected to be effective in late June or early July. At that point, all restrictions would be lifted, including bans on indoor and outdoor social gatherings.

“As long as we hit these targets, which we anticipate doing by the beginning of July, it would be full capacity,” Kenney said during a press conference regarding fans at McMahon and Commonwealth Stadium.

For the CFL’s August 5 timeline to be met, the league requires ‘a significant number of fans’ to be allowed in stadiums by municipal, provincial, and federal governments. Kenney believes it’s possible in his province this summer.

The league and union began meetings during the second week of February with a focus on playing football this year. The two sides have submitted return to play health and safety plans to various levels of government in Canada and are working to finalize the protocols.

The Calgary Stampeders and Edmonton Football Team, two of the CFL’s nine franchises, are based in Alberta.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.