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Guide to FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 in Edmonton

Gillian Thomson Edmonton
by Gillian Thomson

This summer, Canada will host the best female soccer players during the world’s largest women’s sporting competition – the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™. From June 6 – July 4, Edmonton will host 11 matches at Commonwealth Stadium.

Here are all the details to help you celebrate the beautiful game during your stay with us!

FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Main Event

Where?
All Edmonton matches will be held at Commonwealth Stadium located at 11000 Stadium Road.

How long before the kick-off of a match should I arrive at the stadium?
Avoid the line-ups, come early! Stadium gates open two hours prior to kick-off, with opening ceremony performances happening 20 minutes prior to the tournament’s first match. Take advantage of public transit and Park N’ Ride services, and give yourself lots of time before a match because public parking at the stadium will not be available. Public transit is free with your game day ticket for up to two hours before and two hours after the match. If you’re going to take advantage of the Park N’ Ride locations, they will be offered 1.5 hours before and after the match.

What if I have tickets for a doubleheader (two matches on the same day)? Do I get access to both matches that day?
Yes you do! Here’s the kicker, there will be no re-entry into the stadium if you choose to leave the stadium at any point. Typically you will find a one hour gap between matches on a double header day. If you’re looking for something to do during this hour, check out the FIFA Fan Zone (accessible from inside the stadium at gate 12).

Where will the Fan Zone be located?
There will be a FIFA Fan Zone (accessible from inside the stadium at gate 12), for match days only (June 6, 11, 16, 20, 22, 27, July 1 and 4). These fan zones will close once the match starts.

Will the matches be played rain or shine?
Come prepared for the elements! Matches will only be postponed for weather related reasons such as lightning around the stadium. Keep in mind, large golf umbrellas will not be permitted. Small umbrellas that can fit in your purse will only be allowed. This way you’re not blocking anyone’s view.

Where can I purchase tickets?
Ticketmaster opens for walk-up ticket sales at the stadium at gates 6, 9, and 13. Or you can purchase tickets at Tix on the Square in Sir Winston Churchill Square. You can also get tickets online at FIFA.com/Canada2015.

What time will the matches kick off?
Check this schedule for match-ups and kick-off times.

Edmonton’s come alive with the soccer fever!

There are plenty of cool events and food items all month that celebrate the beautiful game in Edmonton.

Ongoing | Big Jersey Tour
To show support for Team Canada, the City of Edmonton is rolling out a big jersey tour. You’re invited to sign best wishes to Team Canada as they strive to reach a greater goal in this year’s world cup. Come join us at our big jersey tour at a location near you.

Ongoing | Enjoy the beautiful game outside on a huge outdoor screen!
The City of Edmonton is hosting free viewing parties for select FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ games. The family-friendly events in Centennial Plaza will broadcast the matches on a 10 feet x 6 feet HD LED screen. Guests can also enjoy additional soccer-themed fun, including skills demonstrations, video games and face painters. Food trucks will be on site.
• Monday, June 15: Thailand vs Germany at 2:00pm & Canada vs Netherlands at 5:30pm
• Sunday, June 21: Round of 16 at 2:00pm & 5:30pm
• Friday, June 26: Quarter-finals at 2:00pm & 5:30pm
• Tuesday, June 30: Semi-final at 5:00pm
• Sunday, July 5: Final at 5:00pm

Ongoing | Canada Home Base - The Pint
Looking for a place to check out the games and cheer Canada during Soccer Month in Edmonton, check out Canada Home bases, the Pint on Whyte and Downtown and party with other soccer super fans. The Pint Downtown will also be showing soccer movies each Thursday!

Ongoing | Edmonton City Centre – The Pitch Viewing Lounge, Family Friendly Event
Come enjoy all of the live action of the beautiful games at the Pitch Lounge. Food and beverages will be provided by Sorrentino Caffe.

June 12, 19, 26, July 3 | Night Market Edmonton - Beaver Hills Park
Check out great soccer movies and eats while you peruse local market vendors in Beaver Hill Park each week of Soccer Month in Edmonton.

June 20 | Adidas Women's Soccer Celebration | Adidas Outlet South Common
Come join them for an all-day in-store celebration. Get your photo taken with the FIFA mascot, Schueme, get an autograph by Edmonton FC players, and learn some new tricks from soccer freestylers. Don’t miss your chance to win a FWWC Jersey!

June 21 | YEG Soccer in the Park with Boston Pizza | Gold Bar Park 12:00pm–3:00pm
Come join in the fun, everyone is welcome! Mini soccer matches will be played in orbit bubble suits, FC Edmonton will be giving away swag, signing autographs, and bringing out the shooter tutor. Boston Pizza will be serving up refreshments! Just look for the 12 foot inflatable soccer ball!

June 27 | Kick it up in Little Italy - 10:00 am-9:00 pm | Giovanni Caboto Park
Be sure to visit one of Edmonton’s top soccer communities, Little Italy, for their Kick it Up event. Play, eat and dance everything soccer. Families welcome! Don’t miss the Canada vs England match on the big screen in Giovanni Caboto Park at 4:30pm.

guide to fifa women's world cup in edmonton

Fuel up between the games!

All this soccer will make you hungry, so you need to try this…

  • Hundred Bar & Kitchen will be serving a Canadian Cucumber Cooler cocktail made with real Canadian gin distilled in Victoria, BC.
  • Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut will be selling chocolate soccer balls.
  • Sherlock Holmes Rice Howard Way and The Rose & Crown Pub will be serving The Canadian Burger coated with maple BBQ sauce, crispy maple bacon and cheddar cheese, served with Canada’s famous ketchup chips and pints of red Canadian beer.
  • Red Square Vodka House will be serving three signature cocktails: the Canadian Red Header, the Red Corner Kick, and the Heartbreaker.
  • The Pint on Whyte/Downtown are serving a Team Canada Poutine Dog. It's an oversized all beef hot dog, topped with Pint fries, cheese curds, beef gravy, maple infused bacon bits and crumbled ketchup chips. Wash it down with a Team Canada Caesar–featuring peppered bacon, maple pancakes (yes, they are in the Caesar), and a dash of maple syrup. Also, pints of red Budweiser draft are available during matches.
  • Tiramisu Bistro is serving The Golden Goal cocktail and The Dream Pasta Chicken, baked chicken breast wrapped in bacon and spicy Havarti, served with spaghetti in rose sauce.
  • The Dish Bistro is serving the Soccer Saskatoon Lamb Burger, on a pretzel bun with Saskatoon aioli, caramelized onions, lettuce and herbed goat cheese.
  • The Ramada Edmonton is serving Canadian Soccer Beef Balls, BBQ glazed meatballs stuff with Canadian cheddar cheese and a Strawberry Freckled Vodka Lemonade cocktail.
  • Nova Hotels is serving a Smokey Maple Old Fashioned cocktail and Candied Maple Bacon Popcorn.
  • The Fairmont Hotel MacDonald is serving the Midfield Lamb–soft blue cheese polenta, baby squash, fava bean succotash, stone fruit and raisin chutney, watercress and mint pesto and the Sinclair 12 cocktail made with Canadian Club, maple syrup, lime juice, garnished with a cherry and a lime wedge.
  • Fat Franks on Whyte Avenue is serving the Mondo Soccer Dog complete with guacamole, chopped tomatoes and grilled onions.
  • Chateau Lacombe will be serving The Long Shot cocktail in their Bellamy Lounge where you can catch any game. Be sure to save time to check our their unique revolving restaurant La Ronde, which will be offering a” Truly Canadian Table D hôte.”
  • Zocalo in Little Italy is serving up a fresh salad with lotsa cheer! The best part of the salad: it’s all assembled into a Canada flag and topped with a red edible begonia bloom.