Spruce Meadows is thrilled to have just completed the ‘National’ tournament. The Spruce Meadows show jumping events have been operating with provincial health approval and under the framework of a National Interest Exemption (NIE).

Spruce Meadows has worked for months with many levels of Provincial and Federal Governments to obtain a National Interest Exemption to operate its events in September 2021.

The submission to the Federal Government included the Covid-19 mitigation plan that has been signed off by the Province of Alberta, as well as the Economic Impact of the Spruce Meadows events on Calgary, the Province of Alberta, and Canada. This National Interest Exemption was required to allow foreign nationals (international athletes, support staff, and officials) to travel and be admitted to Canada under separate and distinct Covid-19 mitigation protocols.

Having just completed the ‘National’ tournament, the Spruce Meadows Organizing Committee is announcing today a decision to allow limited attendance for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’, September 10–12. The decision will allow up to 2000 fans per day to attend the tournament, with advanced ticket sales only. All tickets will be general admission at $25.00 per person per day. Fans attending the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ must produce full Covid-19 vaccination proof of an approved Covid-19 vaccine—(2 doses of Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, AstraZeneca combination, or one dose of J&J)

In line with other local venues, institutions, teams and events that have recently made similar announcements, Spruce Meadows, has made the decision to begin a similar process in an effort to provide a level of comfort and safety for a limited fan base to attend the ‘Masters’ Tournament. The Tournament will continue to operate under the terms and conditions of its National Interest Exemption (NIE). Spruce Meadows is limiting attendance and implementing enforced access measures. The program will be limited to international show jumping, modified entertainment, and the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) Musical Ride.

The measures will take effect starting on Friday, September 10th, when the gates open at 3 p.m. to fans with pre-purchased tickets. As a result of the recent announcement by the Government of Alberta, Spruce Meadows recommends that all fans wear masks upon entry into Spruce Meadows Stadium and while in the Plaza area. We also suggest that fans keep their masks on when they are seated except when actively eating or drinking.

Linda Southern-Heathcott, Spruce Meadows’ President & CEO stated “We have been discussing it for quite some time, while working with our partners and the authorities. In the end, we want to be able to welcome fans back to Spruce Meadows and for everyone to feel safe and compliant with the government approvals that Spruce Meadows has received and the Covid-19 mitigation plan that is in place for us to operate under our National Interest Exemption. We also want to welcome our fans back in a safe and respectful manner.”

All Spruce Meadows staff, officials, contractors, participating athletes, stadium staff, and event staff are consistently tested and are required to follow the same safety and Covid-19 mitigation protocols.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 7, at 12 p.m. on the website.

For further information on schedule and times, visit our website at sprucemeadows.com/masters or email us for further information.