- Commonwealth Stadium (Edmonton)
Commonwealth Stadium Location 11000 Stadium Road
Opened 1978 Renovated 2001 Owner City of Edmonton Surface Grass (1978-2010)
FieldTurf artificial turf (2010-present)
Construction cost C$20.9 million
($68.5 million in 2011 dollars)
Renovations: C$22.17 million
($27.2 million in 2011 dollars)
C$95.7 million in 2011 dollars
Capacity 60,081 Tenants Edmonton Eskimos (CFL) (1978–present)
Edmonton Drillers (NASL) (1979–1981)
Canadian Soccer Association
Commonwealth Stadium is a sports stadium located in the Norwood Area of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, primarily used by the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. The stadium is owned and operated by the City of Edmonton.
Commonwealth Stadium was built for the 1978 Commonwealth Games, held in Edmonton. Initially, when Edmonton was chosen to host the games, thought was given to rebuild the existing Clarke Stadium. In January 1975, the Edmonton City Council decided to build a new over 40,000-seat stadium adjacent to Clarke Stadium.
Construction began in March 1975. Construction was completed in 1978, prior to the start of the Commonwealth Games on August 3, 1978. The stadium cost $20.9-million to build, and the original capacity was approximately 42,500. The stadium was expanded by about 18,000 seats to a total capacity of 60,081 for the Summer Universiade Games held in 1983. The stadium also underwent major renovations in 2001, costing $22.17 million.
On March 10, 2010, the city council approved the replacement of the grass with artificial turf. It cost $2.6 million to change the turf and was completed in May 2010 before the start of the 2010 Edmonton Eskimos season. This was the last CFL stadium to switch to artificial turf.
The stadium has permanent seating for 60,081, but can hold more with temporary seating. On September 26, 2009, the record for largest crowd to attend a regular-season Eskimos home game was set at 62,517 against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The second largest crowd in stadium history was the Grey Cup game on November 28, 2010, with 63,317 in attendance. The largest crowd was an estimated 65,000 for the U2 360° Tour concert on June 1, 2011. The stadium is the second largest in permanent capacity in Canada, after Montreal's Olympic Stadium.
The stadium was, until 2010, one of the few major facilities in Canada to have a natural grass playing surface. As such, Commonwealth Stadium often played host to international soccer matches and tournaments, and is the home field for the country's national soccer teams.
Despite the completion of the soccer-specific BMO Field in Toronto, Commonwealth Stadium remains a major venue for soccer in Canada due to its capacity. Commonwealth stadium was last resodded in April 2007 in preparation for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. In 2010, Edmonton City Council approved the replacement of the turf with artificial turf, which was completed in May 2010.
The stadium has hosted the 1978 Commonwealth Games, the 1983 Universiade Summer Games, the 2001 IAAF World Championships in Athletics, the final match of the inaugural FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in 2002, and the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
It had also been the home field for Canada's men's national soccer team until the 2007 opening of BMO Field in Toronto. It hosted an international friendly match between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Vancouver Whitecaps in May 2008, and River Plate and Everton F.C. in July 2009.
It has also hosted many concerts, including Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Tim McGraw, The Rolling Stones, The Police, Fiction Plane, AC/DC, U2, Rage Against the Machine, Kenny Chesney, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi, Lilith Fair & Edgefest.
Billy Graham's 1980 Northern Canada Crusade was held here.
U2 performed at the stadium on June 1, 2011 to an estimated crowd of 65,000, on their U2 360° Tour. The show was originally to be held on June 23, 2010, but had to be postponed following Bono's emergency back surgery.
It is served by Stadium Station along the LRT (201) line and the Stadium Transit Centre (served by Routes 2, 120 and 127) adjacent to the LRT station.
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Events and tenants Preceded by
Home of the
1978 – present
Current holder First
Host of the NHL Heritage Classic
Host of the IAAF World
Championships in Athletics
Stade de France,
Host of the
Universiade Memorial Stadium,
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum,
Home of the
Edmonton Drillers (NASL)
1979 – 1981
Queen Elizabeth II Park,
Christchurch, New Zealand
Host of the
Queen Elizabeth II
Jubilee Sports Centre,
Edmonton Eskimos The franchise Stadiums
- Clarke Stadium
- Commonwealth Stadium
CultureNanook and Punter The rivalries Lore Important figures
- Danny Bass
- Johnny Bright
- Hugh Campbell
- Tommy Joe Coffey
- Rod Connop
- Dave Cutler
- Eck Duggan
- Matt Dunigan
- Ron "Swampdog" Estay
- Dave "Doctor Death" Fennell
- Larry Highbaugh* Brian Kelly
- Danny Kepley
- Norm Kimball
- Normie "The China Clipper" Kwong
- Moe Lieberman
- George McGowan
- Rollie Miles
- Warren Moon
- Frank Morris
- Roger Nelson
- Jackie "Ole Spaghetti Legs" Parker
- Willie "The Terminator" Pless
- Tom Scott
- Tom Wilkinson
- Henry "Gizmo" Williams
- Owners: Community owned
- General Manager: Eric Tillman
- Head Coach: Kavis Reed
Grey Cup championships (13) Western Division championships (22) CFL Seasons (54)
Current league affiliations
- League: Canadian Football League
- Division: West
West Division East DivisionHamilton, 1930 · London, 1934 · Sydney, 1938 · Auckland, 1950 · Vancouver, 1954 · Cardiff, 1958 · Perth, 1962 · Kingston, 1966 · Edinburgh, 1970 · Christchurch, 1974 · Edmonton, 1978 · Brisbane, 1982 · Edinburgh, 1986 · Auckland, 1990 · Victoria, 1994 · Kuala Lumpur, 1998 · Manchester, 2002 · Melbourne, 2006 · New Delhi, 2010 · Glasgow, 2014 · Gold Coast, 2018 Attractions and landmarks in Edmonton Landmarks Attractions
- Art Gallery of Alberta
- Aviation Museum
- Canadian Derby
- Capital EX
- Corn Maze
- Edmonton Queen
- Edmonton Ski Club
- Fort Edmonton Park
- Kinsmen Field House
- Muttart Conservatory
- Railway Museum
- Royal Alberta Museum
- Snow Valley Ski Club
- Telus World of Science
- Ukrainian Canadian Museum
- Valley Zoo
- World Waterpark
- more Attractions
- Castrol Raceway
- Citadel Theatre
- Clare Drake Arena
- Clarke Stadium
- Commonwealth Stadium
- Downtown arena
- Ellerslie Rugby Park
- EXPO Centre
- Foote Field
- Jubilee Auditorium
- MacEwan Centre
- Northlands Park
- Rexall Place
- Shaw Conference Centre
- Telus Field* Winspear Centre
- more Music Venues
- more Sports Venues
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