The Canadian Football League (CFL) has yet to announce anything for the 2021 season, but optimism reigns among the Montreal Alouettes.
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After a difficult summer marked by a failure in his attempt to obtain financial assistance from the Government of Canada and the cancellation of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Commissioner Randy Ambrosie was reassuring, Monday, about having a campaign next year.
Alouettes president Mario Cecchini and general manager Danny Maciocia are therefore at the heart of their preparation, which will require a lot more work than normal.
“For me, it’s simple: we’re going to play. That’s all, Maciocia said on Tuesday during a video conference. If there was any doubt that we weren’t going to play, I wouldn’t be doing all of this. There is no question in my mind about it and there is no question in my mind that we are going to be competitive. ”
Same story with the president, who goes a little further: he believes that the team will be able to welcome fans at Percival-Molson stadium next summer, all thanks to a vaccination campaign that could begin this spring .
“I’m pretty optimistic. Several experts believe that the pressure will be strong to speed up the vaccination. This is the kind of scenario that we will see when we get there, but as we speak, I am very, very confident that we will play in front of fans, ”said the president, who said he was following closely. the decisions that will be made by the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Montreal Canadiens, more specifically.
“It’s based on science. I don’t want to say things that I don’t know, but I do talk to people who do. People very involved believe that as early as March the vaccination could begin. We’re looking in eight or nine months for the start of the season, so we can afford to be encouraged by the vaccine news. ”
For the Alouettes, optimism is also based on fan support. The president has indeed announced that 86% of ticket holders have chosen not to recover their deposit, initially made for 2020 and which should now assume part of the price for 2021.
“We did our polls and people are eager to come back to the stadium,” said Cecchini. People understand that this is a pandemic and that all habits have been turned upside down. It’s totally out of control. I think people who love sports are going to be there. ”