Over 3,000 wildfire evacuees from Northwest Territories register for free Edmonton Elks tickets

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The Edmonton Elks are offering free tickets to those who have been evacuated from the Northwest Territories as a result of ongoing wildfires. As of noon on Sunday, over 3,000 evacuees had registered to attend this weekend’s game.

“We understand that every evacuee’s primary focus is on when they can return home, but we wanted to extend the opportunity to attend Sunday’s game as our way of showing that Edmontonians are here to support our friends from the North,” said Allan Watt, the team’s vice president of stakeholder relations and gameday.

Evacuees must present their driver’s license from the Northwest Territories or their evacuation wristband in order to claim free tickets. They are available at the team store inside the Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre from Monday to Friday as well as the ticket windows at Commonwealth Stadium on the day of the game.

On Monday, there were 238 active wildfires in the Northwest Territories. Over half of the local population has been ordered to evacuate, including the approximately 20,000 residents of Yellowknife.

The Elks (1-9) are scheduled to host the Ottawa Redblacks (3-7) on Sunday, Aug. 27 with kickoff slated for 7:00 p.m. EDT. The teams met at TD Place Stadium in Week 4 with the Redblacks winning by a score of 26-7.