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Old 04-05-2012, 01:32 PM   #1
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OTTAWA - The 2015 women's World Cup of soccer will be played in six different cities across Canada.
Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Moncton, N.B., have been named the host cities for the tournament.
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:39 PM   #2
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Yup. Looking forward to this. Definitely will take in a game or 2.
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:40 PM   #3
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Good news, will definitely make it to a game or two, hopefully we get a medal round or better yet the finals
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Old 04-05-2012, 03:31 PM   #4
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ftr this isn't news at all and was announced quite a long time ago. Not sure what the New news is about this.
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^Today was the official announcement. (By Sepp Blatter, from the Centre Block of Parliament, no less.) Inevitable when Halifax didn't get their new stadium funding - only six cities for a minimum six city bid. Pretty much a given when Montreal was "asked" to bid Olympic Stadium instead of Saputo Stadium, when Winnipeg was encouraged to bid, and of course when Toronto refused to participate so as not to distract from the Pan Am's a few days later.

The fun is the back room politics around which group - which of the six seeded teams - ends up in which city. And which city will get the semis and finals. Travel does not lend itself to Edmonton or Vancouver getting those games if Montreal is in the mix...and Montreal (for now) is most definitely in the mix. Montreal + Ottawa is a formidable tandem vs. Edmonton + Vancouver, especially with all of the federal government involvement in this hosting. Since Edmonton - unfortunately - brings absolutely nothing to the table @ the CSA, expect the east to win once again. Despite the $2.4 million put up by the B.C. and Vancouver governments to enhance the Vancouver hosting experience.

Announcement expected by the end of the year (according to CSA).
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:06 AM   #6
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It's interesting that 5/6 venues for the WWC have artificial turf fields. Either FIFA is starting to finally come around on it, or the female players are far more willing to play on it. Probably the latter.

Speaking of turf though, Montreal has to do something about their at Olympic Stadium. It almost looks like green carpet duct taped together.

Also, does this mean there will be some medium sized stadium built as a legacy project? I recall hearing somewhere that FIFA would require a secondary training facility for teams, and I don't think anything we have built now would be considered 'world class'.
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Artifical turf in Canada, or natural dirt in Zimbabwe. Easy choice....

There's not enough money in a WWC to justify requiring a temporary grass field. AFAIK, Qatar will use all-grass for 2022 because it's a requirement of the bid. All of the WC final-stage qualifiers are grass. And I'd think that the women prefer the grass just as much as the men...they just know they don't have the finances to have any say.

With FieldTurf based in Montreal, expect them to have their very latest FIFA 2-star product installed @ Olympic for 2015. Great global showcase for their product, perhaps the biggest to-date. When FIFA's marketing literature for synthetic turf uses North Korea as their endorsement, you know they are looking for opportunities to show the product off....

Yes, training facilities are required. Was highlighted during all of the site visits in every city, and the words "world class" were used each time. Alas, none of them require 10,000 - 20,000 seats. My understanding is that there's been nothing more than verbal commitments to have quality surfaces (1-star I presume) and excellent transportation to the 4 pitches required. If the cities (instead of the bid committee) are stuck with the bill all you'll get are field improvements (apparently grass or synthetic is acceptable?) and FIFA-regulation light standards. The feds made it really clear last year that their $15mil could not go towards stadia. If you want inside info, talk to Don Hardman - I think he's still in charge of facilities for the event.

Forget the CSA - they have both the WWC and the Pan Am's, both events needing numerous non-existent training facilities. And they have no money. Anyways, the PanAm sites need seating as hosts for the Para-PanAm, plus with the National Stadium in Toronto the CSA would look more kindly on any "legacy" training pitches to go in there. York U & Burlington were on the short list - not sure where that all landed.

Next site visits this fall - probably the next time you'll hear anything about training pitches.

Has anyone heard rumours from the City that they'd consider doing something on their dime? Can't imagine anyone wants to start that discussion w/ the arena still up-in-the-air and the emotions still pretty raw....
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:18 PM   #8
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My thought process is that a training facility can turn into a stadium with the right partners involved. If you have to lay down FIFA approved turf and all the other required amenities, why not build some seats around the field? You have the owner of a local pro soccer team wanting a mid sized stadium, and the city realizing that there is a definite need for something of that size. It could also be of use to the colleges in town that field soccer teams (Grant Mac, NAIT, etc) as well as Edmonton and Alberta soccer associations.

I guess my biggest fear is that Edmonton plays host to an event of this size and it just goes in and out of Commonwealth with leaving no footprint behind when it can help springboard the sport in this province.
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:08 PM   #9
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So...turn Jasper Place or Millwoods into...what? If the City is only going to fund the minimum necessary infrastructure (improved change room/meeting rooms, pitch surface, lighting) who is going to fund the seats? The concession areas?

I'd really really love a plan for Clarke Park some day. Maybe today is that day? With the Rec Centre and the Fieldhouse, sharing space with the Eskimos and other users seems to make sense to me. But I don't expect anyone to spend money to make it happen, and I expect no end of opposition to reducing amateur hours at Clarke. Too bad - we need a small stadium to make pro soccer work in this city.

Are you thinking of improving an existing facility? Or something else?
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:44 AM   #10
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In a perfect world, I would love to see something like this in Edmonton. My initial response was that it has to be something new, but I also don't think Clarke is too far off after actually going there. I think some reno's are necessary there to make it happen, but it definitely can be a great secondary facility to train. It has a couple things going for it that you won't get building new, as in proximity to Commonwealth and LRT
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Generally agree (especially about the location), although I think Edmonton has shown @ Telus Field that they will support a larger pro soccer facility than 8,300 seats. All that means is that your ideal needs to be expandable in the future, which I'm guessing you'd agree with on the road to MLS.

But unless the U of A joins NCAA Div. 2, finds hundreds of very deep pocket'd donors, and chooses to build a multi-purpose stadium for football (and, oh yeah, pro soccer in the summer), this model isn't going to happen in Edmonton. So what's the next choice?

Questions I don't have good answers to:

1. Is there enough existing infrastructure @ Clarke, combined with whatever has to go in there for WWC 2015, to be a foundation for a pro-soccer-purpose-built stadium? Or would you be further ahead with a patch of dirt - or for that matter the Stadium Park & Ride lot across the street?
2. Is there anyone with any money (and more importantly, some land!) to build another general purpose football/soccer pitch for amateur use in this city? Could this be funded by WWC2015/CoE, since training pitches are in-scope for funding? If so, would this silence the concerns by minor football, high schools, and other users who want unfettered access to Clarke Park and feel they have nowhere else to go?
3. Is there any will within the City Parks & Rec group to throw the keys to Clarke Park to a private group (FC Edmonton, "Edmonton Soccer Inc." or some non-profit society) and say, "Do what you want with it?" And if there is that will, who is out there willing to catch those keys? Or does a Clarke soccer stadium have to exist under the ownership/guidance/mgmt of the City? I am concerned that a public/private partnership for a pro soccer stadium is unlikely to get started until well after success is assured. Unfortunately, that day is a LONG ways off.

But to answer your original question...no federal stadium funds for WWC2015, absolutely no mandate to build stadium, and so far no money from no sources to leverage the training pitch requirement into something more. That leaves the City...who has a little arena project to worry about first. But if Fath is/was/will be involved in the site inspection process, maybe they come up with a good idea that no one has considered yet?
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I said I would like to see that kind of a stadium, but I'll add that I don't think it's coming any time soon. Realistically, I do see Clarke remodeled a bit to make it better suited for soccer (while still being capable of hosting amateur football/soccer). It's already getting temporary seating added, and we'll see if that helps Clarke lend itself well to pro soccer. And who knows, maybe Clarke itself ends up resembling the stadium I posted above. Pretty much anything could happen with these developments. I think FIFA officials are coming back some time this year and some of these issues will be hammered out. And I know Fath wants to work with the city on this one.
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:07 AM   #13
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Best thing to happen for the 2015 tournament is the drama we've seen at the Olympics. I want to buy tickets.

I wonder if the Norwegian ref is going to be here? I hope the Americans play a game in Edmonton. I promise to be a gracious Canadian fan of the game.
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:59 AM   #14
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^indeed. I cannot wait for that match.
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Old 16-08-2012, 11:13 PM   #15
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I would bet any amount Vancouver gets the finals, while Montreal receives both semis. Edmonton has proven itself to be a big supporter for Canadian Soccer, so hopefully that comes into account when awarding group games for each city. A dream scenario for Edmonton would include all Canadian round robin games, with either the Americans or Japanese a part of their group.
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Old 16-08-2012, 11:34 PM   #16
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If we are not awarded any Canadian games, hopefully team U.S.A. and its group plays at Commonwealth. Might as well see the next best thing.
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I would bet any amount Vancouver gets the finals, while Montreal receives both semis. Edmonton has proven itself to be a big supporter for Canadian Soccer, so hopefully that comes into account when awarding group games for each city. A dream scenario for Edmonton would include all Canadian round robin games, with either the Americans or Japanese a part of their group.
I would expect we should do fairly well in the awarding of games. This city after all was the site of unprecedented support of the U19 Womens World Cup several years ago when it broke records at the time for Womens soccer attendance and with draws up to 50K. I don't know how CSA could forget that (but I don't doubt they try) CSA has often been unkind to Edmonton in recent years but how do you ignore the success we had here?

Do the right thing, give Edmonton some critical, and many matches.
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Old 17-08-2012, 12:17 AM   #18
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I think that it would be great to see Commonwealth Stadium have some upgrades. For example, have message boards along the sides, and possibly a new message board displaying the score.
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I have personally asked Len Rhodes, the President of the Eskimos, if a new scoreboard is a possibility, and all he said was, "We are currently looking a lot of options for Commonwealth."

Commonwealth is in desperate need of a good power washing.

I would also like to see north end of the field receive some TLC. With the south end having the rec centre, field house, luxury boxes, etc. the north end looks bare in comparison. At least a new scoreboard would help. I read a rumor that there are plans to construct a restaurant where the scoreboard currently sits, but I doubt that. It would be a great addition, though.



That entire section needs to be renovated.

Edit: Commonwealth's sound system is a piece of junk. I would want that to be replaced before a new scoreboard. By the way, the price of the current scoreboard was around $13m back in 1999; a new, state-of-the-art scoreboard would cost $9-11m.

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First and foremost, getting a Canada game would be awesome for Edmonton. If not, the Americans would be great to have here. Some of us FC Edmonton fans have taken to counting when the opposing keeper holds the ball in response to the call in the Canada/US game.
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The $12 million would be used to build dressing rooms, player medical rooms, referee areas and doping control rooms, while the $8.7 million would be spent on fixing the parking lot, the Jumbotron and the sound system.
Please give this the green light!

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A new scoreboard is definitely needed at Commonwealth. I wonder if Wi-Fi should be added to the concourse level.

Also, if there is funding from other levels of government, I think upgrading the north concourse is a great idea.
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Mayor says $21M for World Cup may be offside

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EDMONTON - City councillors will decide this fall whether to spend $21 million to upgrade Commonwealth Stadium for the Women’s World Cup, but Mayor Stephen Mandel wants to kick the idea out of bounds.

Staff have suggested spending $12 million to build dressing rooms, player medical rooms, referee areas and doping control rooms, plus an additional $8.7 million to fix the parking lot, the Jumbotron and the sound system.

“The price tag is staggering. We have a brand new recreation centre that’s first-class,” Mandel said, adding he wasn’t impressed with arguments that many of the change rooms are too far from the field.

“My guess is if you went to most facilities in Europe, you would walk further. My God, we can’t come up with a creative way of doing it? We have 25 rooms there.”
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Mandel said organizing groups can impose “onerous” requirements.

“They don’t pay for it. There’s a point you reach when it gets frustrating,” said Mandel, adding there should already be enough dressing rooms in and around the stadium. He also dismissed the idea of spending millions of dollars to rent trailers.

“Not a single person watching is going to look at the trailers or look at the dressing rooms. The issue is, there has to be a balance.”

He also doesn’t see why the city should fund a Jumbotron.

“(It’s) used by the Eskimos, so they should pay for it and put it on tickets.”
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I can see the rationale for the scoreboard, which could also be partly paid for by a sponsor.

However, I can't see the justification in fixing up the dressing rooms, especially when the Eskimos dressing room was fixed up at the time of the new sports facilities adjacent to Commonwealth.

However, I agree that something should be done about the north side of the stadium. These seats are hardly ever used.
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Seriously Mandel.

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“(It’s) used by the Eskimos, so they should pay for it and put it on tickets.”
This is a much different take from our mayor than his interest in backing Edmonton indy financially for years and the massive outlay fronted for the new downtown arena.

Commonwealth stadium is imo one of the more impressive facilities we have and possibly the best stadium in the nation. But the Scoreboard clock and sound system scream outdated. These are revisions that should be made as they make an otherwise impressive stadium look outdated. To expect the Eskimos to exclusively pay for this is specious reasoning in respect to his lines in the sand with other sporting interests. Its gotta be frustrating for the Eskimos admin to hear something like this from the mayor. It certainly is for Eskimos fans. Remind me which isn't threatening to leave town while the whole NHL is locked out..

Is Mandel really doubting that the biggest sport on the planet is going to result in much more worldwide exposure than the now defunct Edmonton indy. Maybe tell Lorna Rosen to get on those numbers.

This Womens WorldCup is the biggest event we've hosted for along time and the Womens game has grown in leaps and bound and in its exposure since the last time we hosted the underage Womens tournament games here. Which was huge here and showcased us wonderfully and that even served to be a springboard for the Womens game.

Is Mandel understating this tournament? Women? Soccer? Get the new Jumbotron up no questions asked. The tournament and our putting ourselves in best possible light needs it. It isn't just about downtown Mandel. This is huge exposure for our city. don't blow it by having one of the main focal spots, the scoreboard, looking like stale potato chips. Agree with Escoffier as well. That northend needs a makeover.
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^ I agree with you on this one Replacement.

While I support a new downtown arena under the current funding agreement. I don't understand why the Esks should pay for a new jumbotron while we'll just give the Katz Group a new arena?
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Schedule is out, looks like we get a semi final (Montreal the other) and the 3/4 game (bronze) with Vancouver getting the finals. In all we get 11 games during the tournament (more than any other city).

http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/tour...r_15032013.pdf

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oooo. And we get the opener which is one of the most watched and always hosts the home team. I think we got the best group of games.
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They also host the opening ceremony, and will have the first two team Canada games.
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This is a kinda a big deal. Very good for the city. Cant wait to see Commonwealth sold out for the opening of one of the most high profile sporting events, with cranes and new towers spotting the background.
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This is awesome! With the reduced seating to 56,300 even if it isn't a sellout, it'll still look pretty full. Five games are on saturday, the rest are during the weekday. I can see lots of people coming up from Calgary and Saskatchewan.

2014: Triathalon final
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^ The Womens U20 WC is also here in 2014. People shouldn't forget about that one either. Its the same tournament where Karla Lang and Christy Sinclair became household names and the Edmonton support of that team and tournament was legendary and largely unprecedented for such a U20 tournament. Lets start the enthusiasm flowing again with that tourney. Not to mention supporting the local Edmonton FC side so that they can negotiate a better soccer facility.
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China, New Zealand and Netherlands to play in Edmonton.


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You and me are going to have an interesting day ^in that group.
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Very very cool, I'm linked to Canada and New Zealand (dual citizen) and Netherlands (father). In other words, I just need China to always lose and I'll be happy
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BY TERRY JONES, EDMONTON SUN
FIRST POSTED: THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015

EDMONTON - The Countdown Clock in Edmonton hit 79 days, 3 hours and 17 minutes when Peter Montopoli returned to his Ottawa office from holidays Thursday.

The general secretary of the Canadian Soccer Association returned from a trip to Spain, his final break before the FIFA Women’s World Cup, and immediately checked out the numbers.

“We’re at 625,000,” he declared of ticket sales to date.

The snow is melting away. The Abby Wambach-led legal action to prevent the World Cup from being played on artificial turf has gone away. The draw has been held. The national mint commemorative coin program has been launched. The mascots have been revealed. And the trophy is on tour around the nation.

Four years ago in Germany the tournament drew 845,751 with 16 teams playing 32 games. That was an average of 26,430 per match.

The record is from USA 1999 that drew 1,194,215 (37,319 per match), a number Montopoli hopes Canada can hit prior to kickoff for the opening game June 6 in Edmonton.

“Our goal remains at 1.5 million for all 52 matches. It’s not that we have to sell 1.5 by June 6. We still have 30 days within the tournament and we know what it’s like when the tournament gets going.

“With over 625,000 and the snow starting to melt and people starting to think about what’s ahead this summer, we think we’re where we want to be in terms of reaching our end goal. At the end of the day it’s about filling the stadiums and I think we have a pretty good start.”
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Looking forward to taking in a few games.
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If you want something to commemorate the cup being played in Canada, the Royal Canadian Mint has just launched a coin. It has a face value of $20, and costs $20, with no tax or shipping charges (so it's straight across):
http://www.mint.ca/store/coins/coin-...A#.VQxhimZOuqc

It's a silver coin, with a mintage of 200,000. The mint has been doing a lot of these $20 for $20, $50 for $50, and $100 for $100 coins and they don't tend to last very long.
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Ticket sales would be higher here if the "passports" for all games had been reasonably administered by ticketmaster.

As it is if I want to buy a passport my only choice is to buy it in the endzone. This has been the case since the first day they went on sale. Even though it was stated that passports would also be sold for upper deck side sections.

So zero motivation to buy a passport, realize hardly any savings, and get some of the worst seats in the house.

I'll end up instead buying single game seats for 3-4 games, tournament loses half the money I was prepared to invest in this. I'll benefit by getting far better seats.

Why are there tournament passports? Worst deal ever. A person willing to buy tickets to all games should be getting access to the best possible seats in respective price ranges. Not the worst.

Looking forward to the tournament in anycase.
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They have a great package called Me+3 where you buy 4 tickets for the price of 3. So for opening day I paid $74+tax per ticket for the doubleheader of Canada/China and New Zealand/Netherlands
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Got Canada NZ, Canada CN, and Quarter Final. Will likely get a few more.

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Can you not just turn up at the gate on game day? They're not going to fill Commonwealth, so there should be plenty of room for walk-ups. Plus the stadium has some of the best sightlines in the biz.
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BTW, does anyone have projected attendance per game numbers?
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According to the Edmonton Sun article above, the opening games (double header) in Edmonton has already sold over 20,000 - according to the online ticket availability I saw yesterday, there were mainly upper tier tickets available.

Ticket sales going well in Vancouver and Winnipeg (although the latter has a smaller stadium though), and more slowly out East.

It would be nice to be able to turn up on the day for any available tickets, but as FIFA are involved I worry that things won't be too straightforward!
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Yeah probably some truth in that, IJM. But if they want bums in seats and they've already sold over 20,000, and let's say they exceed 30,000 by game day, that still leaves plenty of room for a walk-up crowd, so they'd surely allow that.
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Any idea what the opening ceremonies will be like? I'll be attending one of the Canada doubleheaders with 3 kids under 10, but unless it'll be spectacular I think 2 games plus warmups will be long enough.
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Yeah probably some truth in that, IJM. But if they want bums in seats and they've already sold over 20,000, and let's say they exceed 30,000 by game day, that still leaves plenty of room for a walk-up crowd, so they'd surely allow that.
In WU19 tournament here at Commonwealth in 2002 the attendance for the final was 47K and for some reason considered sold out. We could not buy tickets. Not sure why as attendance is supposedly 56K.

So like others have said you never know. Large blocks of seats are reserved for dignitaries, families etc for these events and go unsold even if unused. Its FIFA, so its going to be weird as a rule.

Opener will sellout for sure as will the Semifinal I suspect. Would be nice if they have some Canada Day conjunction festivities or if they could start early so people could attend other Canada DAy events. Trying to figure out whether I want to do Canada Day that day or go to the game. tbh I don't think Canada will be in it.
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I believe prior to the tournament in2002 they sold thousands of tickets to the minor soccer associations. If I recall they may have been as part of registration fees. The cost wasn't very much but I remember Terry Jones had a story about the sold out game and I new there were were going to be thousands of empty seats because of it.
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I believe prior to the tournament in2002 they sold thousands of tickets to the minor soccer associations. If I recall they may have been as part of registration fees. The cost wasn't very much but I remember Terry Jones had a story about the sold out game and I new there were were going to be thousands of empty seats because of it.
The Mens U20 had a considerable component of minor soccer association passes so its possible they had them in 2002 as well. However, at that Mens tournament those soccer associations were reselling some of their tickets for a nominal price. None of this was occurring at the W19 tourney and you literally couldn't get into Commonwealth with a crowbar. It was sold out, no tickets available, no tickets being sold anywhere. Not even scalpers.

Like I say the games that will sell out are the opening game and the Semifinal. Tickets will be available for all other games unless the US is in one of the knockout stages here. Americans are buying a lot of tickets to the tournament.

What people need to remember is this is not a particularly good Canadian squad. The hope of 2002 has never really been realized to any extent, people are still disgusted with the Womens Olympic tournament where Sinclair and Canada were robbed, and Canada isn't ranked anywhere near being a favorite in this one.

People went to the 2002 tourney because Canada had an exciting side and a legitimate shot and Sinclair and Lang were electric players. Sinclair is still good but I'm not impressed with the rest of the club. People will be able to get tickets to most of these games if they want to.
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I have tickets for the initial game the Dutch team is playing (going with a bunch of Dutch friends, which should be a hoot).
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2002 absolutely had a minor soccer component to it. The passes were allotted to minor soccer players. They changed the way the distributed passes for the next tournament so that if a person had no plans on using the tickets they could be redistributed. Seems they learned something from the first go around.
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Yeah probably some truth in that, IJM. But if they want bums in seats and they've already sold over 20,000, and let's say they exceed 30,000 by game day, that still leaves plenty of room for a walk-up crowd, so they'd surely allow that.
I am sure Howie there won't be an issue getting tickets at walk up. However I agree that when I purchased the other day, there were very few lower bowl seats left for the opener
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As if the soccer itself wasn’t enough, now there’s another reason to attend Canada’s opening match of the Women’s World Cup in Edmonton on June 6.

Grammy Award-winning artist Sarah McLachlan and Juno Award-winning duo Tegan and Sara have been announced as featured artists for the Women’s World Cup opening ceremony, which will take place just before the opening match, between Canada and China, at Commonwealth Stadium.

Tickets to the game include the opening ceremony, which will feature more than 200 performers celebrating the empowerment and unification of women. The competition’s official slogan, To a Greater Goal, “will come to life through performances demonstrating the positive impact of the sport both on and off the field,” FIFA said in a news release about the event.

McLachlan said in the release that she is honoured to be a part of the opening ceremony. “This will be a great opportunity for me to perform In Your Shoes, a song that was inspired by Malala Yousafzai’s incredible story and her strength of character to stand up to what she believed in. As the mother of two daughters, it’s important to have strong female role models for young girls and we are so fortunate right here in Canada to have such an accomplished group of athletes on our Canadian team who inspire us all.”

Tegan and Sara, originally from Calgary, said they are “looking forward to being there in Edmonton, in our home province of Alberta, to take part in such an exciting event.” The FIFA Women’s World Cup runs June 6 to July 5 in several Canadian cities.
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Well this is almost here. Should be the most high profile event that the city has hosted since 2001! Hopefully the opener is sold out as there should be lots of people watching internationally. I'm not sure or haven't see that there has been too much planned for this in terms of festivities (Churchill square, beer gardens ,etc) around the city?
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Without Googling, who are the reigning world champions?... Yep, that's most people's reaction.
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^ Of the hundreds of millions who watch this heavily Edmonton weighted tournament, far and away the majority will not even be from this continent.

Too bad cowgary doesn't care about sport, otherwise sport might care about cowgary.
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Well this is almost here. Should be the most high profile event that the city has hosted since 2001! Hopefully the opener is sold out as there should be lots of people watching internationally. I'm not sure or haven't see that there has been too much planned for this in terms of festivities (Churchill square, beer gardens ,etc) around the city?
huh?

How on Earth would this be viewed more high profile than the 2007 U20 tournament.

When I hear things like the above I think people here still don't appreciate what kind of magnitude and high level of soccer that represented. Like the Hockey World Juniors, but easily 10 times as big a deal.

That said I'm looking forward to this tournament.

Needs to be said but ticket sales for game 2 are extremely poor. Very disappointing. Everybody seems to be keen on buying tickets to first game but other matches, particularly Canadas second game are embarrassingly poor. I have tickets to both but people really need to get out there. Would hate to see only 15-20K attendance for the 2nd match. That's completely unacceptable with the home team playing.
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Getting tickets to 2 of Canada's game soon, can't wait.
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Getting tickets to 2 of Canada's game soon, can't wait.
You shouldn't wait. Mostly higher pricepoint tickets were left last I checked and all tickets are going at a reasonable rate. Only some priced higher sections left for opening game.

There are some cheap seats left, (50bucks plus surcharge) but in row 82.

Most people at this point will be spending close to 100bucks on a ticket to opening game. (80 plus ticket charges)
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^willing to pay a bit more for 1 game, but thanks for the heads up.
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If you are a EFCL community league member, you can get a nice discount.

http://www.efcl.org/fifa-2015-women/....d7EFRMXP.dpbs
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If you are a EFCL community league member, you can get a nice discount.

http://www.efcl.org/fifa-2015-women/....d7EFRMXP.dpbs
Damn, should've got you to buy tickets

heh, I paid 50/ticket, row 24, but in the corner. (where I belong)

That said I'm there for the spectacle as much as the games. I love soccer though.

Hopefully Canada can come out strong.
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Well, FIFA is in a little bit of trouble...
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It sure would be nice for FIFA, the IOC, and the FIA/Formula 1 to get pretty thorough enemas to clear out the crap, so to speak. Terrible organizations from top to bottom.
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Well this is almost here. Should be the most high profile event that the city has hosted since 2001! Hopefully the opener is sold out as there should be lots of people watching internationally. I'm not sure or haven't see that there has been too much planned for this in terms of festivities (Churchill square, beer gardens ,etc) around the city?
huh?

How on Earth would this be viewed more high profile than the 2007 U20 tournament.

When I hear things like the above I think people here still don't appreciate what kind of magnitude and high level of soccer that represented. Like the Hockey World Juniors, but easily 10 times as big a deal.

That said I'm looking forward to this tournament.

Needs to be said but ticket sales for game 2 are extremely poor. Very disappointing. Everybody seems to be keen on buying tickets to first game but other matches, particularly Canadas second game are embarrassingly poor. I have tickets to both but people really need to get out there. Would hate to see only 15-20K attendance for the 2nd match. That's completely unacceptable with the home team playing.
I tried to get tickets for game 2 but the ticket site told me there were no cheap ones left, at least not the group of 4 I was looking for. It was pretty clear there were lots left when I checked the map, just not released, or something. I'll try again.

I dont want to spend too much on seats for kids who probably won't last the games.
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^ I had issues using Ticketmaster's app, on both my phone and tablet is was telling me the same thing, no groups of 4 left except at the highest price point, but when I went back to the full site on my computer, there was still a good amount of upper deck seats. Not sure if you are using app's but I had that issue.

On CTV morning news, one of the organizers said 40,000 tickets sold already for the opening game, gonna be great.
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That's a fantastic crowd so far, hoping other games are doing ok.
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^Opening day everything is sold up to row 70 and in most sections quite a lot beyond that. ENTIRE lower bowl is sold. Could even be looking at closing in on a sellout if theres lots of momentum this last week and a reasonable walk up.

2nd game is more the issue and I have option to buy seats reduced 30% for 2nd game due to purchasing tickets for 1st game.
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^Opening day everything is sold up to row 70 and in most sections quite a lot beyond that. ENTIRE lower bowl is sold. Could even be looking at closing in on a sellout if theres lots of momentum this last week and a reasonable walk up.

2nd game is more the issue and I have option to buy seats reduced 30% for 2nd game due to purchasing tickets for 1st game.
Do you know if there were previously closed off sections they would consider opening if it gets close to a sell out (for the opening match)? I had assumed the upper corners were planned to be tarped off.
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^Opening day everything is sold up to row 70 and in most sections quite a lot beyond that. ENTIRE lower bowl is sold. Could even be looking at closing in on a sellout if theres lots of momentum this last week and a reasonable walk up.

2nd game is more the issue and I have option to buy seats reduced 30% for 2nd game due to purchasing tickets for 1st game.
Do you know if there were previously closed off sections they would consider opening if it gets close to a sell out (for the opening match)? I had assumed the upper corners were planned to be tarped off.
All I know Kevin is throughout the sales of this WC some sections of Commonwealth have been added to availability. For the longest time only certain sections were available for instance to passport sales. So unless one wanted endone cheap passports none were available. Its unfortunate, and unforgivable really why this occurs but it does. Quite clearly one whole upper deck side of the 2nd match is not for sale and likely won't be as the directive is often sell camera facing seats first. One of the little politics of these kinds of events.
Other things to pay attention to is you can't buy an amount of seats if it leaves one isolated seat on either side.

For people having trouble with the app I would cross reference with a ticketing agent on phone or in person if those tickets are actually available as shown. could be a glitch with ticketmaster saying they are available but may actually be spoken for by Soccer Canada, or community soccer groups. Or even allotted for other nations sales.

I know that in 2002 a sellout was around 48K which was odd. Could never figure out why they couldn't sell all of the seats. There was some suggestion that blocks of tickets had already been distrusted to community groups who did not use many of them.
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^Opening day everything is sold up to row 70 and in most sections quite a lot beyond that. ENTIRE lower bowl is sold. Could even be looking at closing in on a sellout if theres lots of momentum this last week and a reasonable walk up.

2nd game is more the issue and I have option to buy seats reduced 30% for 2nd game due to purchasing tickets for 1st game.
Do you know if there were previously closed off sections they would consider opening if it gets close to a sell out (for the opening match)? I had assumed the upper corners were planned to be tarped off.
All I know Kevin is throughout the sales of this WC some sections of Commonwealth have been added to availability. For the longest time only certain sections were available for instance to passport sales. So unless one wanted endone cheap passports none were available. Its unfortunate, and unforgivable really why this occurs but it does. Quite clearly one whole upper deck side of the 2nd match is not for sale and likely won't be as the directive is often sell camera facing seats first. One of the little politics of these kinds of events.
Other things to pay attention to is you can't buy an amount of seats if it leaves one isolated seat on either side.

For people having trouble with the app I would cross reference with a ticketing agent on phone or in person if those tickets are actually available as shown. could be a glitch with ticketmaster saying they are available but may actually be spoken for by Soccer Canada, or community soccer groups. Or even allotted for other nations sales.

I know that in 2002 a sellout was around 48K which was odd. Could never figure out why they couldn't sell all of the seats. There was some suggestion that blocks of tickets had already been distrusted to community groups who did not use many of them.
They did mention on the last report that chunks of seating had to be set aside for to set up additional media/camera areas, as Commonweatlth's standard media facilities are not adequate for all the media that will be here for the event.
I don't imagine it is a huge portion, but they also need to give those guys a decent view of the action.
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I've had a couple of people tell me they wanted to go, but once they factored in the prices for their whole family, decided it was too expensive. I wonder if this has been priced right?
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FIFA has "expenses" that need taking care of, just hand over the cash, and don't ask awkward questions...
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Blatter resigned.

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sport...450/story.html

Maybe getting to close to his 'nest egg'.
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I know that in 2002 a sellout was around 48K which was odd. Could never figure out why they couldn't sell all of the seats. There was some suggestion that blocks of tickets had already been distrusted to community groups who did not use many of them.
I believe the latter was most of the case. Over 10,000 tix distributed but didn't show up. Kids' soccer teams got them but then maybe forgot about them and went on holidays, or whatever.

Keep in mind this was before widespread popularity of e-bay and stub hub etc.

At the time it was referenced in the media that 60,000 tix were definitely distributed, yet attendance was 48k.
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I've had a couple of people tell me they wanted to go, but once they factored in the prices for their whole family, decided it was too expensive. I wonder if this has been priced right?
We're going as a family, but the price didn't make it an easy decision. Game 2 for us, the opener is too much.
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Old 02-06-2015, 02:36 PM   #83
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I've had a couple of people tell me they wanted to go, but once they factored in the prices for their whole family, decided it was too expensive. I wonder if this has been priced right?
We're going as a family, but the price didn't make it an easy decision. Game 2 for us, the opener is too much.
Just so you know the other group stage games not involving Canada go for around 20bucks. Also keep your eye on any promotions which will be occurring as I think they realize the non Canada games are not selling well. Also the games are all doubleheaders in groupstage so you actually are getting 2 games. . I forget whether ticketmaster charge is waived if you just get tickets at the gate. All tickets included ETS free ride to and from the game just as value added just like Esks games. There will be park and ride some of the games which is also free with ticket. They don't check at park and ride either so if you're headed to the game that way you can get on free and buy your tickets at Commonwealth which shouldn't be a problem or delay in the Non Canada games.

Finally, as friendly reminder to the thread ALWAYS show up for these games early. Particularly the higher demand games as security at FIFA events will be tighter than you are used to and with lots of bag checks etc going on. It will always take longer to get into these matches and in previous tournaments people have been left standing outside trying to purchase tickets or get theirs at willcall etc. Best plan for the busy dates is to have tickets in hand. LRT has also left people on platforms as trains are full. So don't think of going downtown first and then to the game. You won't get on a train if you're downtown. The Opening game now looks well above 40K now so a lot of people going.
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Old 02-06-2015, 02:51 PM   #84
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The self-appointed setters of mass opinion are encouraging us to cheer the resignation of the FIFA president and to condemn the alleged corruption that gamed the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 world's finals.

Fact is, though, the women's finals that are about to begin here were awarded under the same regime. I have no doubt they are as corrupt as anything else, just as Canada is as corrupt as anyplace else.

I will not watch a single game. I would be happier had this whole crapshow been killed off.
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The self-appointed setters of mass opinion are encouraging us to cheer the resignation of the FIFA president and to condemn the alleged corruption that gamed the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 world's finals.

Fact is, though, the women's finals that are about to begin here were awarded under the same regime. I have no doubt they are as corrupt as anything else, just as Canada is as corrupt as anyplace else.
They're not necessarily tainted. Countries aren't clamoring to hold the women's cup like they are the men's. Sad maybe, but true. And our only competition was Zimbabwe, which was considered a long shot to win it.

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^^ exactly.

The Men's event is very very high stakes for hosts and sponsors. The amount of cash in the Women's event hardly attracts the same level of scum.

I'm going to the WWC without concern about this sideshow.
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I've had a couple of people tell me they wanted to go, but once they factored in the prices for their whole family, decided it was too expensive. I wonder if this has been priced right?
We're going as a family, but the price didn't make it an easy decision. Game 2 for us, the opener is too much.
Just so you know the other group stage games not involving Canada go for around 20bucks. Also keep your eye on any promotions which will be occurring as I think they realize the non Canada games are not selling well. Also the games are all doubleheaders in groupstage so you actually are getting 2 games. . I forget whether ticketmaster charge is waived if you just get tickets at the gate. All tickets included ETS free ride to and from the game just as value added just like Esks games. There will be park and ride some of the games which is also free with ticket. They don't check at park and ride either so if you're headed to the game that way you can get on free and buy your tickets at Commonwealth which shouldn't be a problem or delay in the Non Canada games.

Finally, as friendly reminder to the thread ALWAYS show up for these games early. Particularly the higher demand games as security at FIFA events will be tighter than you are used to and with lots of bag checks etc going on. It will always take longer to get into these matches and in previous tournaments people have been left standing outside trying to purchase tickets or get theirs at willcall etc. Best plan for the busy dates is to have tickets in hand. LRT has also left people on platforms as trains are full. So don't think of going downtown first and then to the game. You won't get on a train if you're downtown. The Opening game now looks well above 40K now so a lot of people going.
Thanks, I didn't know ETS was included. That's a huge bonus, we're a short #2 away.

I couldn't pass on going to one of the first 2 days, Canada and the Netherlands are my two countries.

And thanks for the reminder to be early. Last summer we went to one game and were almost half an hour before game time but lines were long to pick up tickets, we had to sing O Canada outside.
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^^ exactly.

The Men's event is very very high stakes for hosts and sponsors. The amount of cash in the Women's event hardly attracts the same level of scum.

I'm going to the WWC without concern about this sideshow.

I take it you don't read the international press?.. With all that's transpired over the last few days concerning FIFA, the WWC barely even qualifies as a side show.
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^ it's a sideshow to me, as I take it you don't comprehend the level the mens game is (sadly) at in Canada.
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The self-appointed setters of mass opinion are encouraging us to cheer the resignation of the FIFA president and to condemn the alleged corruption that gamed the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 world's finals.

Fact is, though, the women's finals that are about to begin here were awarded under the same regime. I have no doubt they are as corrupt as anything else, just as Canada is as corrupt as anyplace else.
They're not necessarily tainted. Countries aren't clamoring to hold the women's cup like they are the men's. Sad maybe, but true. And our only competition was Zimbabwe, which was considered a long shot to win it.
Well, maybe we'll find out in due course.

CBC Radio had an interview on the weekend with a corruption expert that said Canada was full of similar corruption in sports.

"Declan Hill on corruption in FIFA and beyond Following FIFA's corruption scandal, investigative journalist Declan Hill on the globalisation of sports corruption and how Canada fits into the picture."

http://www.cbc.ca/player/AudioMobile...ID/2668385303/

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/day6/episode...more-1.3090822



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^ it's a sideshow to me, as I take it you don't comprehend the level the mens game is (sadly) at in Canada.
Indeed it would be silly, dismissive, if not penalizing the womens game by not attending due to some ongoing FIFA folly that has much more to do with the Men's high profile game.

Indeed some of the attraction of the womens game is less political nonsense. Save for what occurred at the Olympics but that's the Olympics..

I'll go to the games and not think about whats happening with FIFA. If anything its good whats happening with FIFA in anycase.
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^^Being that the video is lengthy is there anything in the audio that pertains to what you wrote about corruption in Canada and if so what segment?

I don't feel like listening to some officials blather on for 15minutes.

edit; waste of time link. All I heard in the audio segment is theres so much FIFA corruption that Canadian officials could be corrupt as well. Wow, some smoking gun stuff there...
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There's potential for corruption with all high profile sporting events. Given the questionable reputation of the IOC, who knows what really went down in Vancouver? Calgary? Montreal?
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One of the truest of old adages: Where there's money, there's fiddles.

Be it FIFA or someone 'borrowing' a couple of bucks out of the office coffee fund.
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46000 sold, nearing Canadian record of 51,000.

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/...861/story.html
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Should be a sellout, 25 C and partly cloudy should make for a great event.
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Yeah, I called sellout but just unsure what the sellout number will be. In 2002 it was 48K afairc.

In anycase sellout is guaranteed.

In the paper they say that even with Camera areas and media areas taking up parts of the stands that they should be able to get 50-53K in. I'm thinking only 50K if that. Theres a lot of delegations here. Infortunately I don't think we will break the Canada-Brazil friendly record. I was at that one as well. Unforgettable game.

But wow, this is going to be great with a sellout. Did us proud once again Edmontonians. Hats off.

Time for CSA to gets its head out of its *** and move the National Soccer sides back here. and make Commonwealth the Home stadium for Concacaf, internationals and friendlies.
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We might note that this record is for a game featuring a Canadian team being played in Canada.

We might also note that the old record was also in Edmonton (Canadian Men's team versus Brazil, 1994, 1-1 tie.)

But the record for a game featuring a Canadian team would have been 100,000+ in Mexico City.

And the record for a soccer match played in Canada was for the Olympic Gold Medal in 1976.

Just a titch of history and perspective.
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Earlier I looked for tickets and there was maybe 200 left on the map, now Ticketmaster shows an error an won't show the map as there are so few tickets left.
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