Cavalry Watching Air Quality, But Game Still On For Now
With Alberta currently contending with almost one hundred wildfires – several of which are labelled out of control – air quality in the province has suffered.
Canadian Premier League side Cavalry FC has released a weather watch notice confirming that while this Sunday’s league match against Atletico Ottawa is still on for now, the club will be monitoring Calgary’s air quality conditions to ensure the safety of all involved.
“The health and safety of our players, staff, and fans are of the utmost importance to us,” read a club statement. “We are closely monitoring the environmental conditions around Calgary.”
While Calgary’s Air Quality Health Index spent portions of the week in the the ‘very high risk category’, it presently rests in the ‘moderate risk’ category, having reduced in severity since Thursday morning.
“At this time, the match versus Atletico Ottawa will still proceed on Sunday as scheduled. Working with the CPL and Canada Soccer, we will continue to monitor the situation closely, right up to and including game time. We will advise our fans immediately of any changes to the schedule.”
The Canadian Premier League has shifted matches to do extreme weather conditions before, with last year seeing a coastal clash between the Halifax Wanderers and Pacific FC moved due to Hurricane Fiona.
The Alberta-based has tied all five of its opening matches, sliding to sixth place in league standings. Visiting from the nation’s capital, Atletico Ottawa rests in fourth place with two draws, two losses, and one win.