City of Edmonton’s hosting of the FIFA Women’s World Cup a `mistake’. Really?

EDMONTON — City of Edmonton’s hosting of the FIFA Women’s World Cup a `mistake’. Really?

I don’t know what was Globe and Mail sports columnist Cathal Kelly thinking when he wrote about the City of Edmonton as some kind of unfit to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015.

He said yesterday:
“On Saturday, they’ll open the next one in Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium.
The arena is not famous, or suited to soccer, or attractive. Scratch that. It’s actively ugly. The field is circled by a track – the perfect bush-league touch that says “high school.”

You come to our beloved city and write about this? I find this very, very rude.

Alright, you could be telling the truth and in a way sending a message to our soccer officials and city leaders like Mayor Don Iveson that this is not the best way to host a FIFA event.

But hey! Wouldn’t you be asking the FIFA officials who approved the hosting of the event in Edmonton? They will have something to say, important, for sure, in the first place why they are kicking off the event here.

I know you are expressing your opinion but come on! Can’t you see? FIFA and the City of Edmonton leaders are just happy to bring the beautiful game here in the western part of Canada!

My point is, football wherever it is played, either in war-torn areas or peaceful countries like Canada, it is a beautiful game and you just don’t spoil it by telling Globe and Mail readers that kicking off the event in Edmonton is a “mistake”.

City of Edmonton’s information of the event:

FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™

June 6-July 5, 2015

Edmonton is proud to be an official host city of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015TM. Join us as we welcome the world to this international event. Edmonton will host 11 matches on 8 nights at Commonwealth Stadium.

Official Website

For more information about the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015TM, visit:

Get your tickets now!

Tickets start at just $20.15! Get yours at Ticketmaster online or at the Commonwealth Stadium Box Office at Gate #9, open non-match days from 12-8pm daily, with extended hours and locations on match days.

Tickets to Edmonton matches are now available at Tix on the Square in person only. See their Location & Hours of Operation. They are not a Will Call pick-up location.

Match tickets include free bus, LRT and Park & Ride

This includes service to and from Commonwealth Stadium for two hours before the game, during the game, and two hours after the game ends. Transit services will be increased to accommodate increased ridership on match days. Full details

Opening Matches on June 6

Tickets for June 6 include the Opening Ceremony and 2 matches, Canada v China at 4pm and New Zealand v Netherlands at 7pm. The ceremonies start at 3:40pm, so make sure you’re in your seats to see Grammy Award winning artist Sarah McLachlan and Juno Award winning duo Tegan and Sara. There are many events around the city on June 6, so please give yourself plenty of time to travel.

For more info on what to expect at your match day experience, see theSpectator Information.

Join the Team Canada Fan March on June 6

To celebrate the opening match in Edmonton, Team Canada fans will be marching to Commonwealth Stadium! Led by multiple Olympic medalist in alpine skiing, Senator Nancy Greene-Raine, marchers will be wearing red and white and cheering wildly as the signed big jersey is carried up to the gates!

Meet on the east side of Borden Park (73 St & north of 112 Ave), and look for the City of Edmonton soccer tent to collect your Canada items. March will leave at 2:30pm and head to the stadium.

Opening ceremonies start at 3:40pm prior to the Team Canada v China match at 4pm.

Note: Fan March is free but does not include a match ticket.

Show us Your Soccer Smarts & Win!

We’ve partnered with Edmonton Tourism to give away 60 tickets to the FIFA Women’s World Cup CanadaTM matches! Show us Your Soccer Smarts in the 15 Days to 2015 Kickoff contest! For full contest rules and to enter, visit

Watch away matches on a huge outdoor screen

We are hosting free viewing parties for select FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015TM games. Enjoy additional soccer-themed fun, including skills demonstrations, video games, and face painters. Food trucks will be on-site. Bring your own chairs. Area opens 1 hour prior to the first match.

Dates and Times:
Monday, June 15 Teams Thailand vs Germany at 2pm & Canada vs Netherlands at 5:30pm
Sunday, June 21 Round of 16 at 2pm & 5:30pm
Friday, June 26 Quarter-finals at 2pm & 5:30pm
Tuesday, June 30 Semi-final at 5pm
Sunday, July 5 Final at 5pm

Location: Centennial Plaza (behind the Stanley A. Milner Library downtown)

Community Events

Many local hotels, bars and community groups are planning events too. Bring the family to a BBQ or try a Golden Goal cocktail. See details on additional community activities at

Host City YEG Soccer Showdown

The rematch took place Tuesday, May 26, and the newest team, Corporate Edmonton YEG-beaters took home the trophy as the 2015 champions! Thanks to everyone who participated and came to cheer on our players.

Watch how the friendly competition in July 2014 played out between the MLA Dream Team, City Hall Slickers, Edmonton Economic Development Igniters and Chamber of Commerce Challengers.


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