Calgary Stampeders cancel practice, Edmonton Elks move indoors due to poor air quality

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The Calgary Stampeders have cancelled their practice for Wednesday morning, presumably due to poor air quality resulting from ongoing wildfires in northern and central Alberta.

Calgary was supposed to practice twice on Wednesday with a morning session at 9:30 a.m. local time and an afternoon session at 3:50 p.m. local time. It is unclear if the afternoon session will proceed as scheduled.

The Stampeders moved yesterday’s practice indoors at the Calgary West Soccer Centre, while the Elks moved inside to the Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre fieldhouse. Edmonton will practice indoors again on Wednesday.

In 2019, the CFL and CFL Players’ Association (CFLPA) agreed that players should not practice or play outdoors if the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) is seven or higher. On Wednesday, the AQHI is expected to reach a level of 10 in both Alberta cities.

Calgary and Edmonton are scheduled to open the CFL’s preseason on Monday when the Elks visit the Stampeders at McMahon Stadium. Kickoff will take place at 4:00 p.m. EDT.