On Wednesday afternoon, True North Sports + Entertainment announced that the Winnipeg Jets’ home venue, the Canada Life Centre, would sell to capacity for the coming 2021-22 National Hockey League season.
“True North Sports + Entertainment would like to confirm that our entertainment venues will be selling to full capacity, and that we will require all employees, event staff, and guests to provide proof of full vaccination,” the Jets wrote in a post on social media Wednesday afternoon. “The majority of our season seat holders have shared with us that having a proof of COVID-19 vaccination policy for Canada Life Centre and Burton Cummings Theatre is important to them.”
The Canada Life Centre will be opening to full capacity to fully-vaccinated attendees for sporting events and concerts moving forward.
All concession, arena, building and in-game staff will also be required to provide proof of full-vaccination to gain entrance to @CanadaLifeCtr.
— Carter Brooks (@CBrooksie84) August 11, 2021
Not only is this information important for regular season and playoff home games for both the Jets and the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose, but it also means that the entertainment venue will also resume with its concert schedule this fall.
County music icon Eric Church is set to bring his ‘The Gather Again’ tour to Canada Life Centre on Saturday, October 2. The Jets just so happen to be at Rogers Place in Edmonton battling the Oilers that night.
This decision to open at full capacity to fully-vaccinated attendees and staff persons came based on the recent changes to restrictions across the province of Manitoba, that went into effect this past Saturday, August 7.
From True North Sports + Entertainment and the Canada Life Centre:
Based on the current provincial trends related to vaccination rates, we are expecting to welcome fans back into Canada Life Centre for the 2021-22 season.
According to Public Health Order (PHO) changes effective Aug. 7, 2021, indoor professional sports will be permitted to fully reopen to 100 percent capacity for people who are fully vaccinated. Due to the ongoing presence of COVID-19 in Manitoba and elsewhere, and the extra risk posed by the new delta variant, the Aug. 7, 2021 PHO still stressed the importance of wearing masks indoors, including children under 12.
We have recently surveyed a selection of our customers and the majority of respondents told us they would only feel comfortable attending games if we required proof of full vaccination. Combining our survey findings along with other supporting data, research, and venue best practices, at this time, we will require proof of full vaccination for people to attend games and events at Canada Life Centre.
Furthermore, approximately 70 percent of guests felt it was important that staff and guests be required to wear masks at games or events. Accordingly, until further notice, we will require guests to wear masks while attending games or events at Canada Life Centre. You will be permitted to temporarily remove masks for consumption of food and beverages.
We will continue to monitor PHOs and recommendations as well as the sentiment of our customers on these important topics. In addition, more information will be shared soon on event/gameday screening measures related to these requirements. Please refer back to this page for future updates.
Regardless of any restrictions or conditions placed on attending events/games, True North remains committed to ensuring a safe and comfortable environment for all guests. Continuous improvement has always been key to True North’s commitment to providing a superior guest experience and remains integral to our adaptability as pandemic, health and sanitation guidelines and best practices continue to evolve.
Here are some examples of how we are taking steps to ensure your experience at Canada Life Centre will be safe and enjoyable:
Canada Life Centre is now accredited by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, which certifies our readiness to prevent and manage outbreaks and pandemics through the presence of best practice preparation, response and recovery protocols including stringent cleaning and disinfection (read more);
- There are over 100 hand sanitizing stations throughout the venue;
- There is contactless security screening upon entry;
- Cashless transactions will be available at points of purchase;
- Employees will receive additional training to ensure top safety and sanitation measures are applied at all times;
- Employees will be fully vaccinated and subject to rigorous gameday/event day health screening measures.