“We will ask guests to show proof of vaccination or take a free fast [COVID-19] test to enter Nashville North, ”Vice President Jim Laurendeau told field media on Tuesday. “This Stampede will be unique among Calgary concert halls and provide a high level of confidence to our guests. Proof of at least one vaccination, two weeks before, can be provided by a copy or photo of a person’s vaccination record.
The venue will also require attendees to queue digitally – they will be notified when they can enter.
Other safety measures will include halving daily attendance, sanitation stations for the public and improved cleaning throughout the grounds. Staff and volunteers will need to wear masks and undergo rapid testing.
Cart races do not take place and the Stampede launch parade will be confined to the field, with no public screening.
The world-famous rodeo and fair are returning this year after being canceled last summer due to the pandemic.
Nashville North is one of the most popular attractions during the Calgary Stampede, which bills itself as the world’s largest outdoor spectacle.
Dr Jia Hu, a public health doctor who works as an advisor to the Calgary Stampede, said he was confident the event could be carried out safely.
“We’re in a pretty good position here in Calgary and Alberta… our vaccination rates are higher than I would have dreamed of possible six or eight months ago,” he said. “We will be implementing some of Alberta’s most robust and innovative security protocols.
Some security measures open up new avenues, he added.
“As far as I know, this is definitely the first event in Alberta where we require proof of vaccination or a rapid test. “
Laurendeau said tickets sell out regularly, but there won’t be millions of visitors a day, as was the norm before the pandemic. He said most visitors will likely come from Western Canada.
“We really expect it to be the Calgary Stampede this year and the Southern Alberta Stampede,” he said.
“Certainly we would see people from other neighboring locations in neighboring provinces, but we are all aware that international travel is still limited at this time. “
The Stampede will also offer free entry to frontline workers (each bringing up to three guests) during the first five days of the festival.
The Stampede said the offer includes, but is not limited to, healthcare workers, educators, retail and grocery workers, restaurant workers and construction workers, as well. as anyone providing an essential service. No ID is required to redeem the free tickets, the Stampede said.
Advance registration for free tickets is recommended, but walk-in access will also be available, subject to park capacity.