What it’s essential to learn about Pope Francis’ mass in Edmonton – Edmonton

Pope Francis will arrive in Edmonton on Sunday morning, ahead of several appearances he has scheduled in the capital region.

One of the biggest events planned in Edmonton is his open-air mass at Commonwealth Stadium on Tuesday morning.

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Preparations are well underway for the mass and the City of Edmonton has released pertinent details of those attending the mass, and those in the area, will need to know.

Papalmass at Commonwealth

The official Papal visit website says the mass itself starts at 10:30 am MT Tuesday, though the city said programming is set to begin at 8:15 am People are encouraged to arrive early.

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The doors to the football stadium, which holds about 65,000 people, are set to open at 7:30 am

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The city said people who are seated on the floor must be in their seats by 8:30 am

Getting into the stadium

Mobile tickets are required to enter the stadium. People are asked to have their tickets loaded in the Ticketmaster mobile app, or saved on their mobile device.

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What can I bring into the stadium?

People can bring with them clear bags that are 12″x12″x6″ in size, or non-clear bags that are under 4.5″x6.5.” The bags can have snacks in them and water in a plastic 750ml bottle.

No glass containers are allowed inside the stadium.

More information on what is and is not allowed inside the stadium can be found on the city’s website.

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Is there parking?

There is no parking at the stadium. People are asked to take public transit to and from Commonwealth.

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In addition, there will be parking restrictions in place around the stadium.

  • Parking lots at Commonwealth Stadium and the Commonwealth Community Recreation Center will be closed on July 25 at 1 pm until July 26 at 1 pm when the facility reopens
  • Stadium Park & ​​Ride lot will be closed from 9 pm on July 25 until 2 pm on July 26
  • Residential parking restrictions will be in effect in the neighborhoods around Commonwealth Stadium on July 26
  • On July 25, there will be no on-street roadway parking in the road closure area around Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples

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Public transit options

People with tickets to the mass can use those as free fare for regular bus, LRT and park and ride services from 7 am to 2:30 pm Tuesday.

Park and ride services will be available between Commonwealth Stadium and a number of Edmonton transit stations. The city said park and ride buses will start running at 7 am and run approximately every five minutes from the following locations:

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  • Calder City Lot (124 St and 124 Ave)
  • Davies City Lot (86 St and 61 Ave)
  • Eaux Claires Lot (97 Street and 157 Avenue)
  • Lewis Farms (1021 Webber Greens Drive) The city warns this lot has fewer parking stalls available due to construction. People who use this lot are encouraged to arrive early.
  • Mill Woods Town Center (66 St and 23 Ave)
  • Downtown route: Eastbound buses will stop between 107 Street and 97 Street on Jasper Avenue. Northbound buses will stop between Jasper Avenue and 107 Avenue on 97 Street.

ETS bus routes 2, 3 and 101 also run near the stadium and the Capital Line LRT is another option.

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Rec center closure

Commonwealth Community Recreation Center will close to the public at 1 pm Monday and reopen at 2 pm Tuesday.

road closures

There are several road closures in place in Edmonton during the Pope’s visit to Edmonton, starting this weekend.

Saturday, July 23 at 8 am to Tuesday, July 26 at 10 pm:

  • 96 Street, from 108 Avenue to 108A Avenue, including the east sidewalk
  • 108A Avenue, from 96 Street east to the first alleyway
  • Alleyways east of 96 Street and south of 108A Avenue to 108 Avenue

Monday, July 25 from 8 am to 6:30 pm:

  • 96 Street, from 107A Avenue to 109 Avenue
  • 108 Avenue, from 95 Street to 97 Street
  • 108A Avenue, from 95 Street to 97 Street
  • 109 Avenue, from 95 Street to 97 Street
  • No on-street parking will be permitted during this time. Local area residents may exit the area, however vehicle re-entry will only be permitted after the roads reopen at 6:30 pm

Tuesday, July 26 from 6 am to 2 pm:

  • Stadium Road, from 92 Street to 112 Avenue
  • Muttart crossing, from Stadium Road to 106A Avenue
  • 107A Avenue eastbound lanes, from 92 Street to 95 Street
  • Expect travel delays along 112 Avenue and 111 Avenue, from 82 Street to 97 Street
  • Expect travel delays along 95 Street and 97 Street, from 103A Avenue to 118 Avenue

Alberta Transportation has also warned of rolling highway closures around the city during the Pope’s visit next week.

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