Watching TSN's coverage of Elks games in 2021, I'm noticing they're employing the kinds of camera tactics American broadcasters did with AAF games, low-level bowl games and the like: avoiding crowd shots, blurring background imagery and doing close-ups on players, and the like. The reason for this when employed is simple - a relative dearth of fans in the stands.
In some places this is more noticeable than others, and Edmonton is definitely one - Commonwealth Stadium has seemed empty throughout the season, even on home dates when they've allegedly had approaching 40% capacity. My question is... why?
Is it lingering COVID reluctance? Onset of cold weather? The team's performance this year? A beef about the rebranding? I'd be curious to hear what locals have to say on the subject.